Following Sancho’s meteoric rise, Bynoe-Gittens looks set to follow suit by joining the Bundesliga giants’ first team squad – for pre-season training next summer.
“It was a dream come true winning that U17 Euros with England,” said Bynoe-Gittens in an interview with New Style Magazine. “I didn’t know Sancho before I joined Dortmund but he is my mentor now.”
At just 17, Jamie has already established himself as one of the brightest talents on the English youth scene and has been consistently playing at various youth levels for his country since 2015. A speedy winger who loves to write an introduction about Jamie Bynoe-Gittens being the next football superstar.
It was back in August 2015 when Bynoe-Gittens joined Dortmund from Fulham, a move that has been the catalyst to his rapid development over the past two years. It is something not lost on Jamie who has been training with Dortmund’s first team for a number of months now and is expected to follow in Sancho’s footsteps by making a big impression in pre-season.
“I’ve been at Dortmund for just over two years,” he added. “I can’t wait to get going next season.”
The future looks full of promise for this young Englishman, but what else do we know about him?
The 16-year-old is an English youth international who broke into the under 17 side in 2015, having already broken into the under 18 set up at Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion. His skillset was spotted by Dortmund scouts playing for his school team last summer and he has been on trial with them ever since.
Now Bynoe-Gittens looks likely to get a contract with Dortmund. After another impressive display at their prospect training this month. “Jamie is absolutely dedicated,” said Borussia Dortmund junior coach Thomas Kustos, who manages Jamie alongside former Leicester City defender Kevin Phillips.
“It was my first day at training and I felt good with the ball,” remembered Jamie. “I managed to get by a player on the wing, but as I looked up to pass, a defender slid through my legs, taking me out of play.” Despite the fact that he had been injured by that challenge, he decided to continue playing for them. Perhaps that level of commitment is what helped him survive a nightmare first day at his new club, which writes highlights of Jamie Bynoe-Gitten’s football career.
“Jamie is an attacking wide player with good technique and quick feet,” BVB’s under 17s coach Benjamin Hoffmann told Spox. “He’s still growing into his body and has unbelievable potential.”
It’s reasonable to assume that his talents have won over Dortmund. But now it appears he’ll go all out to fulfill his life’s ambition of playing for Dortmund, even if it means shattering the hopes of many West Brom supporters.
There are also quotes from an interview with Jamie in which he discusses how much he enjoys English soccer and how important it is for him to maintain his schoolwork as well as soccer training, otherwise, he would not be able to complete all of his courses.
A rising superstar
Bynoe-Gittens certainly has the ability and mentality, but whether he is given the same opportunities at Dortmund remains to be seen. So, what exactly can we expect from Bynoe-Gittens?
The Jamaican will spend another season out on loan with Bayern Munich II, where he was highly impressive last term despite his tender age of just 19 – so much so that doubts were raised as to whether he would get sufficient match action for Borussia Dortmund II.
He did though and rewarded head coach Lino Martschini’s faith with four goals and six assists across 17 league appearances (11 starts). However, there was also a question mark – albeit a minor one – over his consistency, which could see him fall behind players such as Dzenis Burnic or Steven Zuber in the pecking order.
Bayern Munich II coach Achim Beierlorzer was certainly impressed by the youngster, who he likened to Arjen Robben; indeed, his displays were comparable with some of the Bayern first-team players, according to the 58-year-old. “He’s like Arjen Robben,” said Beierlorzer. “Jamie is very fast and also has great dribbling quality.”
The comparisons with Sancho are not just unwelcome but unfair on Bynoe-Gittens too, for now at least – they’re remarkably similar yet still different in important ways that show why Dortmund’s sterling investment in the forward could pay dividends in the future. From his age, the Jamaican is clearly five years behind his peer in terms of development and playing time.
Even though he had an injury-ravaged spell while at Zulte Waregem, while he didn’t receive much game time while adapting to life in Germany with Bayern, Bynoe-Gittens has made far more appearances than Sancho over the past two seasons and possesses a bigger frame than the latter too – for now, that is. His strength could cause similar problems to Premier League defenses one day soon despite him being 5’9″ tall right now.
What won’t be different about their careers though are their drive and ambition; Bynoe-Gittens has already declared his desire to play for Dortmund’s first team and follow in the footsteps of Sancho. “I’m happy whether I play here (for the reserves) for now,” he said, quoted by Bundesliga. “Of course, if my chance is there and it’s a competitive match for Dortmund then I want to play.”
Should that chance arise in the next twelve months, Bynoe-Gittens could seize it with both hands and turn potential into production as he follows in Sancho’s footsteps and uses Borussia Dortmund as his stepping stone to greatness.