Date: 11th September 2019 at 8:03am
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Two weeks break should have given Pep Clotet the time to galvanise our prized gem into a first-team start.

Jude Bellingham is not just ready for first-team action, but is the commodity needed to take away all the recent talk about Garry Monk and other issues concerning our backroom staff. Pep Clotet is on a sticky wicket at the moment with precious few believing he is ‘our man’ to turn us around.

He cannot win – simple as that.

However, he has a major asset up his sleeve in Bellingham, and should Jude score goals and win games, then the scenario surrounding Clotet will change. Bold and adventurous is a must for the club with this player, without the continual whining about ‘easing him in’.

Bluenoses will instantly transfer all negativity surrounding ‘so called’ second rate players coming in by the busloads and the free agents etc. Pep Clotet comes across as a decent man with ambition but his position must be a concern due to the strict guidelines imposed by the hierarchy.

We all value our own worth and failure hurts, especially football managers/head coaches whose reputations often hang by a thread as to the next game. Clotet arrives at Charlton on Saturday on the back of a Stoke win courtesy of a Jude Bellingham winner.

This must be built upon and Bellingham should be the first name on the team sheet-anything less will show caution and weakness.

Fans do not want to hear the slow process of certain game introductions for ‘potential stars’ like what occurred with Redmond, Butland and to a certain extent Gray.

Everything will change very rapidly for Blues should Clotet make Bellingham into an immediate success and fans will believe our head coach is the right man.

Charlton away beckons for Bellingham but first Pep Clotet must be bold and realise we supporters are crying out for our club to make the news in a new positive way instead of the usual ‘damning decisions’ that lead to despair.

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8 Replies to “Bellingham must start for the sake of the fans”

  • It’s a tricky one. Just 16 years old. Do you throw a kid in now or break him in over this season and next? OK Francis did it for us at 16 but these days.. football is much more athletic and dynamic.

    This is what I think should happen. Maybe the odd start but mostly on the bench, coming on in the 65th or 70th minute this season.

    Next season, more of a regular but for goodness sake do not tire this kid out.

    Season after, hopefully, he will be the real deal and a large transfer fee out of the club with that money re-invested in the youth and scouting set up. And any transfer fee has a large future sale clause in it e.g. 25% of future sale.

    FourFourTwo magazine had him down as “one of the 50 most exciting teenagers in English football”. He will be in the top 10 in that list by May I reckon.

    So here’s what I fear will happen. Next summer. Sold to a mid-ranking Prem club for £8 million. End. Small or no future buy on clause. Rinse and repeat. Club treads water at best. 🙁

  • Really sorry to come in here Adderly Park,but this club of ours hasn’t the luxury of waiting. We are forever reacting to negative happenings with our Board,Managers etc. It is NOW that for once we MAKE the news for the right reasons. We have to lead. Again sorry to come in early on this.

  • One deflected goal and a half decent performance elevates a promising 16 year old to first choice starting every game. No pressure on the kid then!!!
    TF didn’t play every game and at 16 he had a lot more In his locker but a heck of a lot of growing and developing both mentally and physically.
    I suggest leaving it to the experts and cutting back on the pressure and expectations otherwise he will be a basket case in no time. We all want it to work out well but rushing and demanding will do no good at all.

  • Fans get frustrated when our talented young players go far too early and we never seem to benefit. Can understand why the call for Bellingham to start especially as there appears no one else to get the goals. Jutkiewicz and Bellingham for me with Davis and Dean behind to protect the kid. Jude wants to start and we do likewise.

    • Who exactly are We?
      Jude will follow the advice of his coaches and mentors. Of course he would like to start but he is sensible enough to know that one deflected goal doesn’t make him the automatic choice. He also knows he is an attacking midfielder not a striker.
      As for protection there isn’t any once you go one to one with an opponent, so lets take your advice and get him busted up before his career has even started shall we.

  • Gazal is obviously correct in what he says. I think the dream is for Jude to start and make a difference with another goal,and Charlton would be great to see him start. We must be careful with him we know but fans are desperate for a bit of success after a long period of frustration. What a lift it would be to see a Charlton victory with Jude playing his best game yet.

  • Hi Mitchell, you may be right mate. Just my feeling and my worries. Love these thought provoking articles though. We need to keep the Blues not just in our hearts but in our minds and your writing helps me to do this, so fair play mate. Keep WRITE On 🙂

  • Good blog from our Mitchell here, always comes in with a valued and plausible slant on a question. Bellingham should be played at Charlton but lets be very much aware that at 16 he is still learning the trade. There will be plenty of “seasoned professionals” looking to put him in his place and therefore Blues need to ensure they don’t over-play him. His performances for England have helped him further however I fear he will be sold in either January or next summer by our ‘illustrious owners”

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