Former Crystal Place Chairman Simon Jordan has urged Birmingham City midfielder and Liverpool target, Jude Bellingham, to not make the immediate leap to a massive European club this summer.
Speaking to Talk Sport, the ex-Eagles board member believes that the 16-year-old Championship star will be making a mistake if he makes a move to one of the biggest clubs on the continent, with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund reportedly interested in Bellingham, as well as Liverpool.
The teenage midfielder became Birmingham’s youngest ever player at the start of the season and has since gone from strength-to-strength, making 35 appearances in all competitions and notching up four goals and two assists during that time. Yet despite this impressive return for a player who has only just started his A-Levels, Jordan believes a move to a big club will be too much for Bellingham.
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The former Palace chairman said when asked if Bellingham could make it at a Liverpool or Manchester United: “I’m not sure about this. A young player of 16 years old, I know he’s a prodigious talent and I know people are talking about him in the same way they talked about Wayne Rooney.”
Jordan later added: “Look, Bellingham is a prodigious talent but making a move at 16 and going to a club like Manchester United that is in a transition period, he’s unlikely to get first-team football. Wilfried Zaha couldn’t do it at 19, and this kid is 16 going into that environment. Whilst I understand the dynamics of it, I’m also troubled by it to some extent.”
With The Daily Star reporting that Liverpool will do battle with Manchester United for Bellingham’s signature, the English teenager could be caught in the middle of a bidding war between the two Premier League giants, yet the Reds treatment of younger players could be ideal for the Championship youngster.
The Reds have been fairly generous with their use of youth players in recent years, with this season alone seeing Harvey Elliot and Sepp van den Berg make their first-team debuts under Jurgen Klopp, and for Bellingham, he could expect some senior minutes on Merseyside should he decide to join the Premier League giants.