During the last week of the transfer window, Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of English youngster Jadon Sancho from Manchester City. The 17-year-old is touted to be Ousmane Dembélé’s replacement at the German side.
He is also amongst the few English players to be given a chance to try his skills abroad. And now, another such youngster has spoken out about his fortunes since leaving Manchester United.
Jack Harrison, who currently plays as a midfielder for MLS side New York City FC, spent his boyhood days alongside Marcus Rashford in the Manchester United youth academy.
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However, the player left the academy at the age of 13, and joined an American boarding school. His footballing career commenced through the MLS SuperDraft when he was 18, and the teenager went on to play for Chicago Fire before he was signed by New York.
In an interview with Press Association Sport, the 20-year old went on to reveal: “I definitely have no regrets, especially now. A couple of years ago, I would always think about what would have happened if I had stayed at United, but now I have no regrets, I am happy to be here in the situation I am, playing with the players I am.”
At present, with his current side, he plays with some of the greatest talents in the game like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo. Over this influence, he had this to say: “I am learning so much and it can only get better, really.”
Moreover, he also spoke about young English talent beginning to try their luck elsewhere, by adding: “It can be tough sometimes for someone my age in England or anywhere in Europe to get the playing time that they want, and to be playing as much as I am, [I am] just really grateful.”
With the likes of Reece Oxford, Ryan Kent, Chris Willock, and Matty Willock all currently being employed away from England, the player’s views certainly prove to be accurate. He added: “It’s that much harder so I wouldn’t be surprised if more players were to venture out and try different options.”
With significantly more money being added to the system, and young talent, in particular, being heavily rated and rewarded, it is most definitely a gala time for these teenagers to put the pedal to the metal and show the world what they’ve got to offer.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.