2022-11-25 09:59:00

Bellingham would take the p*ss & then go back to school England star now worth 150m like Mbappe, says Deeney

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By Chris Burton
  • Teenager broke through at St Andrew's
  • Potential was clear for all to see
  • Now one of world football's hottest prospects

WHAT HAPPENED? The England international midfielder, who is currently starring at the 2022 World Cup, made a senior breakthrough at St Andrews when just 16 years of age, with his potential clear for all to see. He would regularly upstage more experienced team-mates in the West Midlands, with there confidence in his game that made it obvious he was destined to reach the very top.

WHAT THEY SAID: Current Birmingham striker Deeney has told The Sun of a precocious talent: They did not just think Bellingham was going to be good, they simply KNEW he was going to be great. This was a kid who used to train with the first team either side of school lessons. At the age of 15, he was making hard-nosed professionals look stupid with his talent in training. Hed routinely take the p*ss out of them in a way that few kids would get away with and then casually say, Right, back to school...Ive got science next. But there was something about young Judes character that meant those senior pros did not resent him being the best player in training before hed even made his first-team debut. There was a humility, an intelligence, a respect and a thirst for knowledge which made him stand out.

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