This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham is attracting plenty of interest from some of the Europe’s biggest clubs with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund all being credited with an interest in the 16-year-old, and now Arsenal have joined the race to land the Blues teen sensation, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Also, Manchester United are reported to have made a bid in excess of £30m to try and tempt Blues to part with their teenage prodigy who is enjoying his breakthrough season at St Andrew’s.
But would the Gunners be a good place for Bellingham to continue his development?
“Whilst Birmingham will be desperate to keep Bellingham at St Andrew’s in the summer, it could be argued that the midfielder could benefit from a move to Arsenal.
“Having handed opportunities to the likes of Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Gabriel Martinelli this season, the Gunners may be willing to place their trust in Bellingham by playing him regularly in the Premier League.
“One of Birmingham’s star players this season, the teenager has already provided seven direct goal contributions in the Championship and looks destined for bigger things.
“If Arsenal are to swoop for Bellingham, they may have to pay a sizeable fee for the midfielder due to the fact that he is attracting interest from a whole host of clubs across Europe.”
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“Bellingham is arguably the most exciting talent that we’ve ever seen in the EFL, and for a player of his age, he is incredibly good.
“I can’t see him staying at Birmingham beyond this season to be honest, especially with all of these clubs after his signature, and I actually think that Arsenal could be a really good place for his development.
“Under Mikel Arteta, the likes of Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been given their chance to shine in the first-team, and that was the case under Unai Emery too. They are finally giving youth a chance and although he might not get into the team at first, you’d expect Bellingham to be involved in some ways.
“He can play either in midfield or out wide, making him a very useful long-term option for the Gunners. His versatility makes him a very exciting player and it gives Arteta plenty of ways to use him.
“I think it would be better than a move to Manchester United as they have so many talented midfielders on their books, and his game time would surely be limited.”
“There aren’t too many clubs about who out as much faith in youth as Arsenal and it would be fair to say that they could be just right for Bellingham’s development.
“Ideally the player would complete his move and then be loaned straight back to Birmingham in order for the teenager to receive regular game time.
“Arsenal’s sound history of taking youngsters to the next level, such as Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott, underlines that they are still a more favourable option than Manchester United for example.
“The reality of the situation is that Bellingham is likely to command a substantial fee for someone of his age and it will be down to Mikel Arteta to decide on whether a move for the 16-year-old is worth sanctioning”.