Jude Bellingham has enjoyed a hugely impressive start to the season at Birmingham City, with the teenager establishing himself as one of the brightest prospects in the EFL.
The 16-year-old burst onto the scene under Pep Clotet against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, then made his league debut against high-flying Swansea City at the end of August.
The midfielder marked his home debut with his first senior goal for Blues, netting in a 2-1 win over struggling Stoke City at St. Andrew’s, then scored yet another winning goal a week later, against Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Bellingham is clearly thriving under Clotet in the first-team – being deployed in the middle of the park alongside Ivan Sunjic, and putting in a series of impressive displays for Blues.
He also played an influential role in helping Blues pick up a win against Middlesbrough last time out, where a late Odin Bailey goal secured an invaluable victory for Clotet’s men.
He would have been pleased with his performance – especially when he evaded the challenge of five Boro players in the middle of the park, showing close control and agility on the ball.
His teammate, Cheick Keita, has now reacted to this footage with a two-word verdict, praising Bellingham’s skill on the ball.
Bellingham is a big, big talent who is destined for big things in the future.
He has been somewhat thrown into the deep end this season, playing in a midfield duo alongside Sunjic, and impressing week in, week out.
To think that he’s only 16 years of age is scary – he just needs to keep his head down and work hard, and who knows where he could go.
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