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Why Clotet holds the key for Birmingham star



Jude Bellingham has been a revelation at Birmingham City this season, but ‘he’s best kept under wraps for now’.

At 16-years-old, Jude Bellingham is the latest wonderkid to be doing the rounds on social media. The midfielder has exploded onto the scene this season with two goals from his first five games for the Blues, and the attention is beginning to mount on the youngster.

Having been with Birmingham since the age of eight, Bellingham had interest from the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before choosing to graduate through the Birmingham youth academy this summer. Since then he has quickly become a starting figure for Pep Clotet at St Andrew’s, and looks like a star in the making.

Two winning goals and a couple of records

Bellingham has already written himself into Birmingham’s history books, twice actually. Last month he became the youngest player to ever play for the first team, making his debut against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup aged just 16 years and 38 days. Then he became the club’s youngest scorer when he bagged the winner in a 2-1 victory against Stoke. 

He’s living every young footballer’s dream. His manager was desperate for him to stay and has repaid him with regular game time in the Championship. But too often we’ve seen a player like Bellingham make headlines and then, three years down the line, he’s no longer making the headlines.

The verdict

Clotet has managed Bellingham well so far. He’s put him in the starting line-up only twice out of the five appearances he’s made but looks to have quickly established himself in the heart of Birmingham’s midfield.

If his form continues then he may well be turning out for another team next season. A big-money move would appeal to the youngster but these moves don’t always pan out as they should, and Bellingham could find himself a big-club-castaway if he opts to join a team where first-team action may not be readily available.

Everyone’s rooting for Bellingham, but he’s now at a very vulnerable stage of his career. One injury, a bit of mismanagement, anything could falter the trajectory of Jude Bellingham who for now, is best kept under wraps at St Andrew’s.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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