Jude Bellingham is the latest prodigy to come out of the academy, and he has certainly caught the eye of fans in the early stages of the new campaign. The youngster has burst onto the scene this season and has created a buzz, to see what he can produce in his debut season for the senior team.
Bellingham would have preferred his debut to have been better than a 3-0 hiding away to Swansea City, but the 16-year-old has a bright future ahead of him at St. Andrews and more minutes on the pitch will only help his development.
Bellingham has been with Birmingham City since the age of seven, progressing through the academy ranks before Pep Clotet, showed his trust in the midfielder, and called him up to perform on the big stage. Despite a tough start to his career away at Swansea, his home debut could not have gone any better. He came on to replace the injured Jefferson Montero to score the winner against Stoke City. This form continued with the winner in a 1-0 victory away at Charlton.
Clotet was quick to heap plenty of praise on Bellingham in the post-match interview. The manager did admit he was a quiet character in the dressing room, but that’s hardly shocking news at the age of just 16. But he’s far from quiet on the pitch, showing already he is willing to get stuck in and help his teammates as well as burst forward to support the strikers. Clotet stated these qualities will put him in good stead for a successful career, if he keeps his head down and continues to show the right attitude in training and on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon.
Not only is Bellingham making an impression for the Blues this campaign, he recently scored at international level, representing England under 17s who defeated Finland 5-0. Once again, the youngster came off the bench to score after a neat move from England in the 80th minute, much to the delight of his coach and, of course, Birmingham fans.
Even though we have won three of their last four games, we are probably seen as underdogs in our upcoming match against Preston with odds of 9/5 as of 19th September, but you’re unlikely to see those odds in Betfair football tips today. However, fans will be hoping that Bellingham can continue his red-hot form and inspire the team to another win.
With players moving on and budgets being cut, this has presented Bellingham with the perfect opportunity to learn his trade in a competitive division. He has already shown a professional attitude, while helping himself to score a winner on his home debut – something the youngster would have been dreaming about since he was seven years old. We have a star within our ranks, and fans will be hoping that he’ll continue to impress over the coming months.