Three Elite Potential UK Sports Stars

EC takes a look at and introduces three young sports stars who have the potential to become recognised amongst the Elite level competition in their sport.

Jadon Sancho 

Jadon Sancho is a 17-year-old professional footballer and is one of an immensely talented young crop of English players currently developing through the youth systems. 

He is a right-footed attacking-midfielder who enjoys featuring on the left-side of an offensive midfield line. Though with his skill set, he can be effective in a number of positions.  

He possesses a combination of wonderful technical qualities, including ball control and dribbling skills. His direct threat and devastating instinctive goalscoring ability are causing major problems for defences across numerous competitions and age groups.

 

He was awarded the Golden Player Award of the 2017 Euro U-17 Championships, contributing five goals and five assists during the tournament. 

More recently featuring in the group stages of the U-17 World Cup, scoring three times for England goals and dazzling once again before being withdrawn by his club for involvement with the first team squad and commitment to the UEFA Youth League.

Sancho has recently completed a fairly high-profile transfer from Manchester City to Borrusia Dortmund, where he can progress away from the spotlight of the intense British media. Though inevitably, it won't be long before his profile hits the mainstream.  

We expect to see him receiving solid minutes for the Dortmund first team by the end of this campaign, however, there is no urgent need to rush his advancement.

There is very strong basis to believe that Jadon Sancho is one of the most exciting English football talents since Raheem Sterling and we are immensely excited to follow his journey over the next few years.

Whether that be a starring role in the Bundesliga or returning to the English Premier League at some stage. He is likely to have an important involvement with the England senior team.

Daniel Dubois

Dubois is a physical unit, standing at 6foot5' and is quickly building a strong reputation as a devastating knock-out artist. 

To put his potential into perspective, Anthony Joshua made his professional debut at 23 years of age. Dubois has just turned 20-years-old and already holds a professional boxing record of five fights - five wins by KO.

The circumstances are different with regards to Amateur/Olympic pathways but within a pragmatic context, it displays the time which Dubois has to achieve greatness. 

There is a long way to go for Daniel Dubois, but all the signs are there for a successful career with his age, power and focus. 

Represented by Frank Warren and the BoxNation stable, he will need to be managed correctly and accordingly, similarly to AJ whereby there must be a resistance to the temptation to throw him in too deep too quickly - despite his large early strides. 

If he continues to blow away the fellow competition as he has been, the fans will soon demand tougher and more experienced opponents. But it is a case of gradually learning from each round and getting more time in the ring to perfect his craft. 

Either way, he will surely be involved in some spectacular events in the coming years and he will soon propel his name into question for World Heavyweight Championship belt opportunities.

Along with this, there are some excellent prospective fights to be made across the British Heavyweight scene and it will be an intriguing few years ahead for Britsh boxing with Dubois hoping to be at the heart of it.

 

Lando Norris

Lewis Hamilton really has achieved incredible status for the profile of British Motorsport and Formula One. 

He still has many years remaining at the head of the sport, with a handful of World Championship titles in the pipeline, no doubt. 

Looking beyond that, for the next potential British F1 Champion, there is Lando Norris who is setting alight the junior Formulas right now. 

A member of the Mclaren Young Driver Programme, he is being nurtured through the ranks by the capable hands of the Carlin Motorsport team, a junior motorsport development powerhouse. 

With an amazing Karting pedigree, his transition to single-seater racing has continued with consistent success as his Championship victories continue to build - 

2015:
1st - MSA Formula (Formerly British Formula Ford Championship)
2016:
1st - Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
1st - Formula Renault NEC
1st - Toyota Racing Series
2017:
1st - FIA European Formula Three Championship

He has an almost faultless Championship winning record in campaigns where he has completed the full complement of races. 

He is 5th in the Driver database young driver rankings, and holds a sensational collection of statistical achievements - 

After his most recent Championship win in the well-respected European Formula 3 Series, the next challenge which most likely follows for the 17-year-old will be an attempt at the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the previously named - GP2 Series.

Another stern test with high-level competition but with a promising campaign expected.

Ultimately, it should be a stepping stone to a place on the Formula One grid, with the right timing and opportunity to expose his talent on the greatest motorsport platform of them all. 

Max Verstappen changed the whole game with his entrance to the Formula One grid aged - 17 years, 166 days - and just one completed season in single-seater racing. But it did not harm his ability to feature competitively in Formula One, a credit to the ridiculous talent levels he possesses. 

Lando's progression is equally as eye-catching but his journey has been more patient. However, it would not be a surprise for him to be slotted in the records alongside the 'Youngest drivers to start a race' come the 2019 F1 curtain-raiser.

Let's hope he can take the chances that come and continue the success of British F1 on a global scale.