Johnson's struggle with Covid

Johnson's struggle with Covid

BORIS JOHNSON spent the night in the hospital for tests 10 days after confirming he tested positive for coronavirus.

Read more
Royal Fury

Royal Fury

Meghan Markle considers acting offers ‘cheesy and beneath her’ claim

Read more
A New Man Utd Deal?

A New Man Utd Deal?

Manchester United are likely to revive their £100million move for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

Read more
Homepage / News / Man Utd's Bellingham interest and the secrets of his rapid rise
Ask Alison: ‘My husband lost his job but is still trying to keep up with his wealthy siblings’ Looks like working from home is here to stay – here’s how to do it without breaking your back Nationalists set up protest at border in bid to keep Scotland ‘Covid-19 free’ Pod of killer whale surprise two fishermen in tiny boat off coast of Shetland RIP Saroj Khan: From Madhuri Dixit to Govinda — choreographer’s daughter REVEALS who kept in touch with her from Bollywood Kangana Ranaut’s team again accuses Taapsee Pannu of harassment; latter calls out ‘bitter people’ in response Alia Bhatt shares a picture with sister Shaheen and their new baby, Juniper Martin Lewis issues important advice to thousands on a payday loan agreement Mortgage free: Homeowner reveals how they paid off mortgage at 47 ‘Manchester is not Leicester but it could be if we don’t take care this weekend’ Police ‘increasingly concerned’ for woman missing from Bolton Man Utd ‘considering loaning out Eric Bailly’ and more transfer rumours Man Utd plunged into chaos as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are injured in training clash Netflix stands by film ‘365 Days’ which singer Duffy said ‘eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence’ British Shadow Foreign Secretary brands Wigan administration ‘major global scandal’ and calls for full enquiry Man Utd blocked unique Inter Milan request during Alexis Sanchez transfer talks The Full List Of Countries Exempt From England’s Coronavirus Quarantine Meghan and Harry’s exit ‘orchestrated’ by Charles after Andrew’s BBC interview says author Queen fury: Monarch rejects public demands for Prince William to replace Charles as King Queen ‘devastated by Meghan Markle power play’ amid claims she was unprotected ‘Demanding’ Meghan Markle claims drop in ocean compared to what was going on behind scenes FTSE 100 LIVE: Global stocks rise as coronavirus recovery hopes grow- London market to dip Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan passes at 71 due to cardiac arrest; Akshay Kumar, Genelia Deshmukh and others offer condolences Filmy Friday: Jersey, Kaithi, Vikram Vedha – which south remake are you most excited for? Vote now Meghan Markle has learnt from her BIGGEST royal mistake amid Prince Harry’s title change Tax changes: ‘Radical’ shake-up ahead and Rishi Sunak has already ‘dropped hint’ ADVERTORIAL: Bakery reveals ‘lifeline’ which saved firm after Covid-19 crisis ADVERTORIAL: The campaign that has given more than a million meals to dogs across Britain Devoleena Bhattacharjee recalls her journey in Bigg Boss 13, says, ‘Proud of myself that I didn’t make headlines because of dating someone’ Universal Credit and legacy benefits may be reduced by lump sum back payments from the DWP FTSE 100 LIVE: Pound sees gains amid optimism for EU-UK Brexit trade deal – FTSE surges Devastated locals lay floral tributes for toddler killed in Morningside crash Credit card rules confirmed to change in two days – borrowers warned to ‘think carefully’ Sonu Nigam REVEALS what he is the most scared of, and it is not Bhushan Kumar Virtual kiltwalk challenge to raise money for Perth and Kinross Disability Sport Sushant Singh Rajput suicide: Akshaye Khanna requests Indian Government to start a CBI Enquiry in the case Aamir Khan crashing daughter Ira’s workout video is the cutest thing on the internet today Bank chief hails battered economy’s V-shaped recovery out of lockdown Whether by accident or design, 2020 has thrown up a trio of US period dramas with particular pertinence to the times we live in Covid-19: US buys up virtually all stocks of anti-viral drug remdesivir FTSE 100 LIVE: UK stocks hit by 18% drop in chaotic six months – full impact revealed Tax credits warning: Some people need to contact HMRC this month or payments will stop Solskjaer explains Manchester United midfield choice vs Brighton Man Utd great Gary Neville breaks silence on Liverpool title win Leicester ‘eye Chilwell replacement’ amid Man City speculation and more rumours Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Solskjaer makes changes Queen phones Donald Trump just hours after President’s attacks on female leaders revealed Sturgeon’s economic catastrophe: Scottish businesses have WORST confidence in whole of UK Meghan Markle fans HIJACK Kate’s video AGAIN ‘she’ll never be as effective as Meghan’ Kate brushes off shocking snub in awkward encounter during royal visit This Is Why People Are Putting Stars Up In Their Windows Royal heartbreak: ‘Tearful’ Princess Eugenie’s wedding proposal admission revealed FTSE 100 LIVE: UK economy suffers biggest fall in 40 YEARS – ONS lifts cover on huge blow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets Man Utd stars unbeaten challenge as Premier League run-in begins Prince Andrew ‘will never have a public role again’ amid royal crisis Scots woman loses over £21k on gaming app after being conned by fraudster Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Shivangi Joshi, Mohsin Khan thank Rajan Shahi and the production team for ensuring workplace safety Face masks compulsory at all NHS Lanarkshire hospitals Manish Raisinghan REACTS to link-up rumours with BFF, Avika Gor, says we had a good laugh at them Trending Entertainment News Today: Taapsee Pannu’s electricity bill, Hindustani Bhau vs. Bulbbul Best and worst countries for retirement in Europe revealed – UK ranking FALLS in 2020 Martin Lewis urges Brits to use online banking to check this as he gives ‘special warning’ FTSE 100 LIVE: Dow set to SOAR as futures turn higher – major boost for US after chaos Britain facing ‘interest rates of MINUS three percent’ – major finance warning issued Do it for Dan – Laois GAA family who raised money for life-saving drug for their young son ‘devastated’ he contracted rare virus Coronavirus death toll passes half a million worldwide Dissident Republican chased and murdered in brutal street execution in Belfast Glasgow stabbings knifeman named by police as Badreddin Abadlla Adam #JusticeForJayarajAndBennicks: Suriya writes a long note seeking justice for the victims Abhishek Bachchan admits he has lost roles due to his ‘no intimate scenes’ policy for daughter Aaradhya Sushant Singh Rajput suicide: ‘We are investigating the reason behind his suicide from every angle,’ says Mumbai DCP Abhishek Trimukhe A former alcohol dependency building in Oldham is being turned into a pub New Fallowfield Loop bridge over Hyde Road is lifted into place What the Man City team could look like in three years time Norwich 0-0 Man Utd LIVE: Confirmed team news and FA Cup quarter-final score updates Inheritance Tax UK: Are changes ahead? IHT was raised to 80% to ‘help tackle public debt’ Tax credits payments: How to check your tax credit payments are correct Queen heartbreak: The truth behind the Queen’s jewellery – and why she always wears pearls Prince Charles safety concerns: Cost-cutting plan to remove guns from royal bodyguards Davina McCall Clarifies Emma Willis And Rylan Interview Following Brian Dowling Criticism Meghan Markle heartbreak: How fans supported shock theory about baby Archie’s birth Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues worrying Jadon Sancho transfer update Meghan Markle and Harry could still lose HRH styles as ‘nothing is set in stone’ – expert 10 reasons why IT Sligo is the perfect college for you Princess Anne in stitches over soldier’s wry comment as she receives new title via video The Big Tech Show: How to run, and maybe save, a media business Scots wake up to furious thunderstorms after enjoying hottest day of the year Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus update as lockdown measures eased across Scotland After Laal Singh Chaddha, Aamir Khan’s Vikram Vedha remake too gets postponed due to Coronavirus pandemic Avika Gor is excited that BFF Manish Raisinghan is getting married on her birthday INTU crisis: Shopping centre group faces administration – thousands of jobs at risk When Samantha Akkineni said hubby ‘Naga Chaitanya is my pet’ — watch video FTSE 100 LIVE: Global stocks surge as investors shift focus on major bank rule change PIP claimants could receive ‘premium’ top-ups for other benefits – full list revealed Martin Lewis reveals if SEISS grants will be ‘clawed back’ by HMRC – ‘it’s a grey line’ UK economy BOOST: Poll says economy likely to bounce back next quarter FTSE 100 LIVE: Future of euro in doubt – Brussels on alert after huge warning New rules for hotels – including face masks to be worn in corridors Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor Karan Patel’s wife opens up on her miscarriage, says, ‘I realised it is time I openly talked’ Larkhall youth had knife when he confronted social workers at their office


Man Utd’s Bellingham interest and the secrets of his rapid rise

Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in England, so it makes sense that Manchester United are tracking his progress.

The Birmingham academy graduate has burst onto the scene this season, used extensively by coach Pep Clotet, gaining the kind of first-team experience very few players his age are afforded.

He’s already played more than 2,000 minutes in Blues’ championship campaign this season, having become the club’s youngest player when he was handed his debut 38 days after his 16th birthday in August.

He’s featured in 32 of Birmingham’s 37 league matches this season, starting 25, and there’s a consensus among pundits and Birmingham fans that he’s destined for big things.

“I always thought he is very mature and very focused – but he has to be,” Birmingham boss Clotet told the Mail amid transfer speculation earlier in the season.

“Because he cannot be thinking about other things than Birmingham City – and I am sure he is only thinking about Birmingham City.”

Players that had previously stood out in the Championship, such as Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Tammy Abraham, have all made the step up to perform at a similar standard in the Premier League, and it’s expected that Bellingham could follow.

But what would he bring to United? Here’s everything you need to know about him.

Versatility and adaptability

As is often the case with prodigious teenage talents, Bellingham is yet to nail down a settled position, having been used in a variety of areas by Clotet this season.

But most would fall under the umbrella of “attacking midfielder”, with Bellingham offensively minded and looking to make things happen in the final third.

Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City

He’s featured most often on the left for Birmingham this season – with a consistent run there before the season’s suspension – which could give a clue on where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might look to utilise him, with Daniel James likely to have more competition going forward.

Clotet has also played him on the opposite flank, in central midfield and even deeper at times.

Bellingham shares the adaptability possessed by United’s other targets, Jadon Sancho and Rabbi Matondo, though he’s usually been less of a wide forward and more of a traditional winger in Clotet’s usual 4-4-2 formation.

Style of play

Bellingham’s capability of making the step up at such a young age largely comes from his technical ability, with regular watchers noting his excellent first touch and capacity to keep the ball under pressure.

He’s not an out-and-out pace merchant like James, but he’s quick and can beat a man, while his intelligent off-the-ball movement sees him drift into space or help create it for others.

There’s no shortage of confidence, either, with Bellingham willing to dribble and take players on. He averages more than one successful dribble per game, attempting 1.8 per game.

He can also tackle, and he can be combative, with a vast and varied set of skills explaining why Clotet has often deployed him as a box-to-box player or an outright defensive midfielder.

Key stats

Bellingham has registered four goals and two assists from 32 appearances in the Championship this season. 

He’s a long way off challenging at the top of the charts in either metric, but it’s a respectable output in comparison to more high-profile and experienced players in similar positions.

For example, table-toppers Leeds United’s marquee signing Helder Costa – who joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer – has three goals and two assists in the Championship this season, having featured for 434 minutes more than the Birmingham starlet.

It’s in many of the underlying metrics in which Bellingham impresses. In no one area is he among the league’s leaders, but looking at the overall data, it paints a picture of a versatile and well-rounded player.

He averages 2.3 tackles per game and 0.7 interceptions, but offensively he completes 1.1 dribbles per game, 1.2 shots and 0.7 key passes – the final pass before a team-mate shoots at goal, as per WhoScored.

He’s not an especially prolific passer, though, averaging only 22.9 per game with a success rate of 74.8%. 

Comments are closed.