Jadon Sancho became a trailblazer when he chose to leave Manchester City for the Bundesliga. But he is not the only one that has chosen that path. Neither is he the only one making the headlines. In fact, Javairo Dilrosun is outshining his former teammate at City’s academy at the moment.
The 20-year-old Dutchman moved to Hertha BSC in the German Bundesliga this summer. However, despite being a first team prospect, his exit did not generate similar media attention to that of the England youth international. Perhaps because he had not achieved similar success at the international stage.
Nevertheless, he took the exit door for similar reasons to Sancho’s; which is the search for regular first team football. Needless to say, opportunities for youngsters to showcase their quality and play regular first-team football are usually limited at the Etihad Stadium. Young academy graduates require a high dose of patience to finally get their chance.
But even then, a cursory look reveals that the odds are stacked against them. For example, how many regulars in the City first team at the moment are academy graduates. The need for immediate success and the stiff competition in the league means that top-class talents are acquired from far and wide to produce the desired results.
Even wonderkids like Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz who have won Pep Guardiola’s trust must still make-do with a place on the bench for most of the season. How much more those who are yet to convince the manager?
In that light, Dilrosun’s decision to seek for opportunities elsewhere becomes understandable. So far, that is proving to be a win-win for both the player and the German club.
He made his debut for Hertha's senior team in rather unexpected circumstances coming on as a sixth-minute substitute for injured Karim Rekik. That was at the beginning of September as Hertha faced Schalke in the Bundesliga. In the 15th minute he made an assist for his team’s first goal of the match which later ended 2-0.
That proved to be just the beginning for him. Having impressed his manager, he was given his first start in the next game and he rewarded his manager’s faith by scoring his first goal for the club against VfL Wolfsburg. The match ended in a 2-2 away draw.
The Netherlands youth international looks ready for the job at hand and set for the big time. He has been a constant threat on the flanks when he is on the pitch. His pace and technique constantly pose problems for opposition right-backs. In his third appearance for the club he notched two assists and in the next he was on the scoresheet again. That makes him one of the best performing wingers in the league at the moment.
It is still early days in the season and a lot can change with time. However, if he keeps delivering at this rate, he may become one of the hottest properties in world football.
But will that signify a loss of another huge talent and future star for the Sky Blues?