Jadon Sancho is 10th in 90min's European Player of the Year series.
Jadon Sancho has the world at his feet.
It was conceivable that that could be the case following his wonderful start to 2018/19 with Borussia Dortmund, but question marks remained over whether the teenager could maintain those remarkable standards. However, he has consolidated in 2019 and the 19-year-old from Camberwell is well on course to become one of the best players in the world.
Sancho finished last season with 13 goals and 19 assists, and - despite some murmurings of discontent in the Dortmund camp - he is already on track to top that tally this term with 12 and 13 respectively at the halfway point in the campaign.
Simply put, Jadon Sancho has sparkled this year. We are witnessing the emergence of a generational talent - we can just be thankful he's English.
Here are his best moments of 2019.
Match-Winning Brace vs Mainz (13/04/2019)
With Dortmund and Bayern Munich neck and neck in a thrilling title race, Sancho put in a clutch performance to send his side back to the top of the Bundesliga.
By Sancho's standards the goals were tap ins, with the young Englishman making short work of two fine assists to have his side two goals to the good after 25 minutes.
Unfortunately for Sancho, and his club, they fell short in their pursuit of a first Bundesliga title since 2012, although they pushed Bayern all the way.
Man of the Match Performance vs Bayern (03/08/2019)
To be the best, you have to turn up in the biggest games. Granted, super cups are generally considered a money-spinning curtain-raiser to a domestic season, but Dortmund vs Bayern is always big, regardless of the occasion.
The sides met in the first Klassiker of the season in the DFL Supercup in early August, and Sancho stole the show. Three minutes into the second half, the winger won the ball just inside opposition territory on the right flank. Sprinting at the Bayern back line, he skipped past Jerome Boateng before throwing a dummy and cutting inside the retreating Thiago. Regaining his composure, he rolled a pass through Corentin Tolisso's legs into the path of Paco Alcacer, who duly swept home from the edge of the area.
Then, on 69 minutes he was at it again, this time running clear on the right and firing a simple finish past the despairing Manuel Neuer. 2-0 and bragging rights to BVB.
First England Goal vs Kosovo (10/09/2019)
Considering his prolific form throughout the year, it's strange to say that Sancho would have to wait 11 months for his first England goal.
To make up for lost time, the teenager got two as England ultimately edged Kosovo 5-3 in a topsy turvy encounter at Southampton's St Mary's. Sancho's cross forced an own goal to make it 3-1, and then made it four himself with a neat finish after Raheem Sterling had played the ball across the penalty area in *very* Man City style. That combination was repeated from even closer in to make it 5-1 before half-time.
Sancho had well and truly arrived on the international stage, and now it would be hard to argue with a starting front three of Sancho, Kane and Sterling with Euro 2020 approaching.
Stunning Goal at Camp Nou (27/11/2019)
*See first sentence of Bayern segment*
Sancho was at it again on the biggest stage in late November. Left out of the starting lineup at Camp Nou, Sancho's teammates were being blown away by Barça before his introduction.
With Dortmund 3-0 down, the 19-year-old produced by far his side's best moment of the match, deftly turning on the edge of the penalty area before sending a rasping drive into the roof of Marc-André ter Stegen's net as Lionel Messi and co watched on. Some consolation.
He almost nabbed a second too, combining wonderfully with Mario Gotze on the left flank before seeing his thumping effort tipped onto the crossbar at full stretch by Ter Stegen.
2 Goals & Assist in Dusselforf Demolition (07/12/2019)
Things haven't been going to plan for BVB domestically this term, but Sancho has still shone.
The winger was in rich form before the winter break, hitting a serious peak against Dusseldorf to end the year on a high. The south Londoner picked up two goals and an assist as Dortmund thumped their counterpart's 5-0 at Signal Iduna Park.
Sancho slid a simple pass to release Thorgan Hazard to make it 2-0, before playing a one-two with Marco Reus and sending an angled side-foot finish into the bottom corner for three. Rounding off an excellent display, Sancho started and finished the move for the last goal, sending Achraf Hakimi free, then sprinting forward and benefitting from the Moroccan's pull back to fire into the open net after the keeper committed.
A wonderful year for Jadon Sancho, long may his form continue at Dortmund and beyond.