Jadon Sancho credited Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba has key inspirations during his most formative years as a young footballer.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the exchange of Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Europe and the center of a 120 million pound summer transfer battle between Chelsea and Manchester United.
After starting his trip to South London with a team from Southwark Under-11, it was Lampard and Drogba a little further west who most impressed a young Sancho busy trying out tricks seen on YouTube.
“It was about learning skills and expressing yourself,” he told The Independent late last year.
“I like to adapt it to a real game. It makes defense more difficult because opponents don’t think you have these kinds of skills.
“It gives you an advantage against some players and luckily it worked for me. “
He added, “Ronaldinho was the main guy I watched on YouTube. But I really liked Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba when they played for Chelsea.
“These are the three players I have been looking for. “