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Jude Bellingham, the new crack of Dortmund

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 18, 2020

He is only 17 years old and accumulates the records of precocity. Last season, Jude Bellingham had already become, at 16, the youngest player and then the youngest scorer in the history of Birmingham City, his training club. Recruited this summer by Borussia Dortmund for 25 million euros, the young English midfielder was quick to stand out. From his first match in his new colors, Monday against Duisburg in the first round of the German Cup, he opened his counter to become, at 17 years and 77 days, the youngest goalscorer in the history of the club. the Ruhr, ahead of Nuri Sahin in 2005 (17 years and 82 days). A success that did not really surprise his trainer.

Compared to Gerrard

“Jude has fitted in really well. He’s got a lot of confidence and he brings us a lot of aggression and physique in the middle, which is very, very good for us. And Jude really gets the attention, while he doesn’t. ‘is only 17 years old, “said Lucien Favre, delighted to have” players in this position, who can increase the pace with the ball, but also dribble and be decisive with the last pass. We do not have enough. ” A box-to-box athletic player, Bellingham would even sound like Steven Gerrard, according to Jermaine Pennant, the iconic England midfielder’s former Liverpool team-mate. “He reminds me of Steven Gerrard when he was young, so let Pennant on talkSPORT. He really gives himself, goes both sides of the field, can score and can score, and he already has vice. He’s a fantastic young player. . ”

“Very professional and very mature”

Compliments to which the young man is now used, he who has acquired a significant experience, and also a few extra centimeters, last season in the Championship, where he took part in 31 games, signing four goals and delivering two assists. Like his compatriot Jadon Sancho, whose future remains uncertain, Jude Bellingham has therefore decided to go and flourish in Dortmund, where he will rub shoulders with other (very) promising players, such as Erling Haaland or Giovanni Reyna. And according to the former Birmingham City coach, he is not likely to take the big head. “He matured a lot in the summer of 2019, confided Pep Clotet after the first goal of the prodigy in the anteroom of the Premier League. He is calm, he has his feet on the ground, and he is very professional and very mature. C It’s hard to say how far he can go when, like him, you have a lot of talent at such a young age. “

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