There was a time when going abroad wasn’t cool. It was a time when British footballers stayed at home, worried about how they might fare in Europe and beyond.
Gary Lineker helped to break the mould with his switch – and success – at Barcelona in the 1980s but Ian Rush’s struggles at Juventus around the same time seemed to put off many players.
It would take 30 years before there was a significant shift in attitude, Jadon Sancho paving the way for a generation of players to try their luck abroad.
In 2016, Sancho was one of 20 players chosen by the Guardian as the most promising at…