English Bundesliga starlets praised by their former coach: 'These boys are mad'
Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Hoffenheim's Reiss Nelson have been praised by their former youth coach who says he knew they would go on to become professionals.
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson, who is on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal, are childhood friends and both grew up in London.
|Jadon Sancho (right) while playing for Manchester City.||Photo: Werner100359, CC-by-SA 4.0|
Back in 2011, the childhood friends played for Southwark's London Youth Games team, winning the under-11's competition at the London Youth Games.
Sayce Holmes-Lewis worked as a community sports head coach for the team, and he immediately noticed that the two youngsters were something special.
"When I saw Jadon and Reiss I thought 'these boys are mad.' Jadon was just making people look stupid. The nutmegs, the skills. Some were outrageous. And it was other academy players they were doing this against," Holmes-Lewis told Daily Mirror and added:
"At first, Reiss was probably ahead of them all. With Jadon there was a lack of belief when he was younger. There were times we had to take him off in games and re-emphasise how good he was and instil that belief in him but as he got older that realisation of how good he was came."
"Jadon and Reiss were both phenomenal players. You knew they would go into the professional game. They were different from anything out there and had this ability to manipulate the ball at a young age. At times, because of their friendship, it was telepathic between them on the pitch," he said.
Below, you can find a picture taken at the tournament. Sancho is standing to the far right with Nelson next to him.