There seems to be nothing better in football than an exciting young player breaking into a football team at the highest level of the game. One of the brightest young players in the world game at the minute is Dortmund’s young English midfielder Jude Bellingham.
The 17-year-old only moved to the Bundesliga club in the summer from Birmingham. He has enjoyed a very promising start to life in Germany. In fact, his performances have earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior English squad for games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
A bright start at Dortmund
The fact that Bellingham moved to Dortmund in the summer was not a major surprise. The biggest reason for the lack of surprise is that the youngster had been talked about as a potential star as for a good while, despite his tender years.
Manchester United courted Dortmund and believed they had signed the youngster. However, it was BVB who managed to pull off his signing. It looks to be a good move. Bellingham has already made 11 appearances for Dortmund this season. He was expected to be broken into the first team gently. However, he seems to have impressed the backroom staff at the club.
He has already scored in the German cup, while also producing an assist in his Bundesliga debut in a 3-0 win over Monchengladbach. The youngster has not looked out of place amongst a host of young stars at BVB.
Seems to be a mature youngster
Jude Bellingham played just 44 games for Birmingham before his big move to Germany. However, on and off the pitch he appeared to be a youngster with a mature head on his shoulders. When he has given interviews, he seems to be confident in his own ability without being cocky or arrogant. The 17-year-old has talked about having to grow up very quickly and it seems he is doing just that.
Dortmund looks to be the perfect club to keep Bellingham’s feet on the floor. BVB have and are developing a reputation for developing young players. The youngster will certainly get the playing experience he needs at the German club if he works hard. The early signs are positive for the midfielder’s development.
Maybe slightly too soon
Jude Bellingham has immense potential that is for sure. However, English football is littered with stories of young English players who were built up only to not live up to the media’s hype or expectations. At 17, the midfielder’s development is moving in the right direction. His call-up to the England squad looks slightly premature when he has only played four games at under-21 level.
When you think that the likes of Leicester duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are not in the squad, yet Bellingham is in the squad it seems strange. The thinking of head coach Gareth Southgate must be that he needed another out and out central midfielder in the squad.
While the decision to call him up may be premature, if called on the youngster is unlikely to let the team down and no doubt will have a bright future ahead of him.
Is it too early for England to call-up Jude Bellingham to the senior squad?
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