The curious case of Jude Bellingham.
It might seem harsh to say this, but I believe that the development, as well as the overall handling of Bellingham, is going to be one of the key things that shapes the legacy of Pep Clotet’s ‘legacy’ at St Andrew’s, as well as his results on the pitch.
Bellingham has reportedly been courted by some big names in European football in recent months, but Blues boss Clotet says that he doesn’t pay too much attention to what is going on regarding the ins and outs of Birmingham City, but appreciates the fact that a player of Bellingham’s potential will always grab people’s eye:
“There will always be speculation and I decided a long time ago to stop worrying about the future and start focusing on just the present – and also stop worrying about the past. I think in football that works very well for me. You know what I would like, I would like every club in the world to come for Jude Bellingham, I would love to be in that position and love him to be in that position. And I know that he understands how good it is for him and for his development to keep playing at Birmingham.”
Having burst onto the scene the way he has with his goals against Stoke City and Charlton Athletic, the bar has been set incredibly high for what he can achieve, best demonstrated by the fact that there are big teams chasing his signature.
But he has to be able to keep these performances up, and the responsibility falls not just on his shoulders, but also on Clotet and the rest of the management staff. I’m sure we’re all hoping that he becomes another example of a talented prospect who failed to deliver on the hype that was put on him at an early age.
Would you like to see Bellingham pushed up the pitch more often?
That’s why I posed the question a couple of months ago about his development and time with the England side. Every little thing that happens to him at this age will have an impact on his future, and one false step could lead to huge problems down the road.