I knew I was going to have to write this eventually.
I just didn’t think I’d have to be doing so this early in his career. Not even two months have passed since Jude Bellingham made his first appearance for the Blues, breaking the club record for the youngest player in the process. Now it looks like we could already be in the process of looking to his departure
According to 90min, Liverpool are apparently at the front of the line when it comes to Premier League clubs showing interest in the young man. The report states that Arsenal and Manchester City are also interested in him, as well as foreign superpowers Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
Whilst it might be a little too early to start talking about the January transfer window, I feel like this development sort of calls for an emergency discussion if you will.
Pep Clotet has spoken before about how important he sees the academy at St Andrew’s:
“Seeing some of our youngsters out on international duty shows this Club is doing a very good job in the academy, you need to work for 4-5 years to start seeing results, the academy has been fantastic, they deserve all the credit.”
Which is why, even though I’ve said that the hype around Bellingham needs to slow down a touch, I think this is the perfect opportunity for the club to put its money where its mouth is, literally. The club has two choices, but they both start at the same place. You can either give him a contract and sell him on at the first opportunity to the highest bidder. Or you can sign him up and keep him here for years to come.
Either way, we need to get him signed to a long-term deal as soon as we can.
What about you? What do you think the club should do in this situation? Should they sign him to keep him? Or sign him to sell him?