Borussia Dortmund’s eye for potential never seems to waver, as evidenced by the trajectory of a specific winger they signed from Manchester City’s youth ranks.
If The Black and Yellows were a professional wrestler, the crowd would love them.
Cool clothing, always the underdog, and defending everything true about the sport. But what about the most important step? Never actually winning when it counts.
There have been lots of amazing wrestlers who never get it to the promised land – or don’t reach it frequently enough. It appears that Dortmund excels at this, regardless of how many outrageous talents they spot, nurture, and help bloom.
That’s because they’re constantly scrutinized whenever they create a squad around these young stars as soon as they show signs of being world-class.
It happened with Jadon Sancho, then with Jude Bellingham. According to rumors in Germany, it could happen again with Jamie Bynoe-Gittens as well.
Fortunately, but also sadly for Dortmund, their investment in a promising young winger from Manchester City’s youth academy in 2020 appears to have paid off – Bynoe-Gittens looks bloody fantastic.
So outstanding that Dortmund has rewarded the 19-year-old with a contract extension until 2028. This is because of his great start to his second full season with their first squad after an injury-plagued 2022-23 season.
The problem is that the new contract hasn’t deterred Arsenal, who are thought to be leading the battle to recruit the teenager.
After tearing apart the UEFA Youth League with five goals in four games in 2021-22, it seemed like a natural progression into the senior squad.
Bynoe-Gittens Amazing 2022-23 Season
So, what exactly is the role of the winger? You’ll discover if you watch this entire nonsense of an assist from 2022-23.
At the time, Bynoe was eighteen years old. In his rookie season with the big boys. He has some serious stones, for sure.
Fearlessness is required of the best wingers, but to have it at such a young age, paired with the ability to glide past seasoned players before picking out the critical pass? Dortmund have done it yet again.
Bynoe-Gittens picks up the ball deep and combines a silky gait and outstanding close control with a supreme ability to ride challenges and pressure from others, taking the ball into a crowded area before slotting through Julian Brandt with a brilliantly weighted pass.
When you consider what Mikel Arteta is accomplishing at Arsenal with a crop of promising teenagers, the stars align.
Bringing back London kid Bynoe-Gittens would be the ultimate coup, with one middle finger up at City and another up at Chelsea, where he played before moving up north.