A number of Birmingham City supporters have been reacting to Troy Deeney’s latest suggestion that the Blues were right to hype up the potential of Jude Bellingham and that the midfielder made the right decision signing for Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham proved to be a massive asset for the Blues and his sale to Borussia Dortmund could bring the club around £30 million, which is hugely important to their current financial situation. The midfielder was a revelation at St Andrew’s last season and many fans were suggesting he would go on to enjoy huge success in his career and be an England international.
Upon his departure, Birmingham made the controversial decision to retire the number 22 shirt worn by the midfielder at St Andrew’s to inspire other potential academy graduates at the club.
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Writing for The Sun, Deeney suggested that the flack the club received for that decision is not looking as bad now given the development he has been showing in Germany. He also suggested that the hype placed around Bellingham by Birmingham has been proven to be fully merited with him believing that he has real star quality after his performances for Dortmund and England.
He wrote: “When Jude Bellingham left Birmingham City, aged 16 and having made 44 first-team appearances, the club retired his No 22 shirt.
“As a life-long Bluenose, I heard a fair bit of stick flying around about that decision.
Many Birmingham fans were delighted to see such comments being made by Deeney and some were left feeling vindicated with their early praise of the midfielder’s potential.
Here. We take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
The retiring of the shirt was a big mistake,but he made the club millions when any other player could have walked away and just thought of himself.He put our club first and he deserves all the credit for that decision. Us blues fans know that,thats important
— mick (@mickyh01) March 27, 2021
it really does put a smile on my face when everyone’s finally realising what every bluesnose knew last season, and thought we were being biased 🥴
— Reilly (@reilly_jobson) March 27, 2021
Troy knows. https://t.co/ldy9m5aFpv
— Tony Maddams (@TonyMaddams) March 26, 2021
100%….he’s pure gold and one of our own…when I get the change I’ll be taking my teenage son to watch him in Germany KRO https://t.co/EdyEw9YOhb
— Mark S Garratt FCIM (@markgarratt100) March 27, 2021
Deeney knows 👌🏻 https://t.co/ppeHM25kPe
— ▪ 🅻🆄🅺🅴 ▪ (@luke_2793) March 27, 2021
So proud of the little fella. He’s a great ambassador for the city, the club and the country.
— Don’t blame me, I voted Labour (@Manterik) March 27, 2021
He is an Unbelievable talent and he's a blue K.R.O
— Derek Murphy (@delthebluenose) March 27, 2021