Premier League scouts have had good reason to look a little closer at the Bundesliga recently. In Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho, the German top flight is currently home to two of the best young talents in the game, with both the subject of much transfer speculation in recent weeks.
Indeed, Havertz has been linked with nearly every elite European club going, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid all at one point or another targeting the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. Meanwhile, Sancho seems destined for Old Trafford. United have made the England international their top target according to countless reports, with their chase of Sancho already something of a summer saga.
But which of the two has the higher ceiling? The pair have caught the eye in the Bundesliga over the past two seasons, attracting the sort of attention that will surely see them make a mega-money move sooner rather than later, but who will justify their transfer fee more? Who is the true Bundesliga wonderkid?
In terms of goals scored over the last two seasons, Sancho has the edge on Havertz, with the Dortmund winger scoring 29 times compared to Havertz’s tally of 20. And the Englishman certainly holds the advantage when it comes to assists, piling high an astonishing 30 assists in 65 Bundesliga outings. Havertz only has nine in 63 games.
This is perhaps down to the areas the two players tend to occupy on the pitch. While Havertz can play out wide, he is a central operator, playing either as an attacking midfielder, as a secondary striker or sometimes even as a centre forward on his own – this is a role he has played recently due to the injury to Kevin Volland.
Wingers, by their nature, are more likely to tally assists, but by the same token centrally positioned players tend to score more. This is why Sancho’s numbers are so impressive. For someone who is primarily deployed on the left, or more commonly on the right, his instinct in front of goal is befitting…