Jadon Sancho, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Ramsey and other British players’ progress in European leagues this season

8 Sep

The transfer window has finally closed, not only in England but in Europe, too.

Some of the biggest moves involving players from Premier League teams going to Europe included Romelu Lukaku moving from Manchester United to Inter, while Red Devils forward Alexis Sanchez has also joined Antonio Conte’s side on loan.

Lukaku has two goals in two matches at Inter
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A few British players have also tried their hand at moving abroad, including Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Trippier and Chris Smalling.

There’s been a real rise in British players joining foreign clubs recently, particularly after Jadon Sancho’s success at Borussia Dortmund since leaving Manchester City.

So talkSPORT.com has taken a look at some of the most well-known British players who are currently playing on the continent.

Where better to start than 19-year-old Sancho, who you could say has spearheaded this drive for British players to take a step largely into the unknown.

The forward scored twelve goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions last season and made himself a fully fledged England international off the back of his brilliant form.

He’s carried on that great run this season, playing all three of Dortmund’s Bundesliga matches, scoring twice while also providing three assists.

Sancho has been included in the German side’s Champions League squad where they’ll face Barcelona, Inter and Slavia Prague.

Can Sancho do even better than last season?
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Also playing in Germany is 21-year-old Englishman Ademola Lookman, who secured a permanent transfer from Everton to RB Leipzig in a deal that could rise up to £22.5million, having joined them on loan in January 2018.

Lookman has made a pretty slow start to the season though, playing just 11 minutes in three Bundesliga games and one DFB Pokal match in 2019/20 but has been included in Leipzig’s Champions League squad.

Another player to have secured a permanent transfer to a German club is former West Ham man Reece Oxford, who is best known for his brilliant performance on his Premier League debut where he marked Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil out of the game as a 16-year-old during the opening weekend of the 2015/16 season.

Oxford has played in two out of three Bundesliga matches this season but has only played in 13 and 16 minutes respectively. He was benched for the other one as well as their DFB Pokal match.

Ethan Ampadu, meanwhile, is yet to play any minutes for RB Leipzig after joining on loan from Chelsea.

Arguably the most high profile Brit transferring to a European side saw Aaron Ramsey join Italian giants Juventus after running down his contract with former club Arsenal.

Ramsey will have to work very hard to become a first-team regular at Juve

The Welshman is yet to make his competitive debut for Juve but did sustain a back injury just after recovering from a muscle injury which sidelined him for four months, cutting short his final season at the Gunners.

Ramsey has been included in the Old Lady’s Champions League squad which made the headlines as the likes of Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic missed out.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is also trying out Italy after completing a season-long loan move to Roma. There’s only been one game since his arrival where he was an unused substitute in Roma’s 1-1 draw against local rivals Lazio so it would have been some debut for him if he played.

The England man is in Roma’s Europa League squad.

Another big name to try a foreign league is Kieran Trippier, who left Tottenham to join LaLiga side Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £25million.

He assisted a goal for former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on Trippier’s LaLiga debut
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The full-back, by his own admission, did not play particularly well last season but has started his career at Atleti well and fought his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

He’s played 90 minutes of all three of their LaLiga matches which they have won, keeping clean sheets in two of them.

Trippier, who is in Diego Simeone’s Champions League squad this season, also provided the assist for Alvaro Morata’s winning goal on the opening weekend.



Brandon Thomas, who qualifies to play for England through having an English father, is finding his feet with Osasuna who are currently sixth in LaLiga.

The forward scored just two goals in 24 matches in the top flight last season but has one assist in two Spanish top flight matches in 2019/20, with the telling touch coming against Barcelona.

Mentions should also go to former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who joined Turkish club Trabzonspor in the summer.

He’s yet to make the matchday squad for them but has been included in their Europa League squad this season.

Another former Liverpool striker, 18-year-old Bobby Duncan, left his boyhood club to move to Fiorentina following claims by his agent that the Reds ‘bullied’ him.

Duncan is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
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Fiorentina have not played since Duncan moved but many people will have their eye on him following his acrimonious Anfield departure.

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker is spending the season on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf, has featured in two Bundesliga matches this season as well as a DFB Pokal match.

Watford striker Jerome Sinclair is on loan at Dutch side VVV Venlo and has played in all five of their Eredivisie matches this season. He doesn’t have any goals or assists in 2019/20 to his name at present.


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