England’s national team is on the cusp of a golden era. In recent times, England have won the World Cup at under-17 and under-20 levels, they are the joint most successful nation in the Under-19 European Championship’s history, and were most recently semi-finalists at under-21 in 2017.
Such success is courting attention from around the globe and a new-found interest in English talent has been discovered. The Premier League is renowned as the most watched league in the world, and to some, the best. But with a large financial reward at stake, coaches won’t risk their job in order to develop these prospects, therefore, players are finally testing themselves abroad.
On-loan Arsenal forward, Reiss Nelson, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have been revelations in the Bundesliga this season, with ten goals and six assists shared between them. With these two enduring this level of success, they could be the trendsetters that see more Englishmen migrate.
In an interview with the Sun, RB Leipzig head of recruitment and development, Paul Mitchell, explains why more German clubs are delving into this sector of the market:
“England have a great environment, coaching system and understanding of talent to give these guys a real platform to go on and be successful.”
“Our managers in the Premier League don’t get time – so how are we ever going to get to a point where these players are allowed to learn on the job or make mistakes?”
“I think there has been a change in the market from a few years ago about English people and players that they don’t travel – I wanted to prove that was the wrong perception.”
“Young guys that are moving to Europe are showing that is wrong as well, they are performing to a very advanced level and I think the world has become a smaller place, now the first questions on a young guys mind is have I got the opportunity to play first-team football?”
Mitchell is still adapting to life in Germany and explains that, although one of the main languages spoken is English, he is taking time to learn German, even though his accent gets in the way at times:
“The guys have been very patient with me and I’m getting to a point where I understand quite a lot but my Mancunian accent makes it difficult to converse too much.”
“I’m taking one lesson a week, it’s coming slowly.”
“My German teacher is being very patient but I’m understanding a lot and tried to elude to understanding less than what I do, that sometimes helps.”
“Because we are so culturally diverse, the common language is English, but I think it’s respectful I take my lessons when I can and learn as much while I’m here.”