Who is Jude Bellingham?

The 16 year old wonderkid currently playing for Pep Clotet’s Birmingham in the Championship, has been linked to some of the top Premier League sides, in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

Born in Stourbridge on the 29th June 2003, Jude Victor William Bellingham is an England Under 17 international who plays for Birmingham City.

So far he’s spent his career at Birmingham City, joining the club as an under eight in 2010. He made his Under 23 debut at just 15 in October 2018 against Nottingham Forest’s Under 23s, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute before scoring the winner in the 87th. Jude Bellingham has already captained England at the Under 17 level. The youngster only turned 16 over the summer and has already established a place in the Birmingham first team setup.

Bellingham fully commits if he’s the first to engage the ball and it’s this intensity, combined with his strength, that sees him win the ball back so frequently. If he’s doubling up, Bellingham takes up intelligent positions where he’s ready to pounce on opponents if his teammate doesn’t win it back.

This is what is so striking about Jude Bellingham. He’s not only got the frame and physicality to outmuscle opponents but the intelligence and work rate to maximise his game. Interestingly, as well as his undoubtable versatility, Bellingham actually plays differently in different positions. When played centrally he’s more of a box to box midfielder, using his physicality and intensity to add aggression to the midfield. This season he’s averaged 19 challenges per 90 minutes, a number comparable to elite ball winners like Wilfred Ndidi and N’Golo Kante, but he’s so much more than just an aggressive ball winner.

The young Englishman has backed his performances in the first team with goal contributions and has been directly involved in five goals in the Championship this season. The young prodigy is currently Birmingham City’s second top scorer with four goals, whilst playing across midfield in Pep Clotet side.