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Man United target Jude Bellingham is already a “leader”, says team-mate


Mats Hummels has heaped praise on his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham, describing the youngster as someone who’s already showing great leadership qualities.

Bellingham is one of the most highly rated young players in world football at the moment, and his performances for club and country have seen him strongly linked as a top target for Manchester United by the Sun, who state the Red Devils are in pole position to land the teenager.

Hummels gave a glowing endorsement of the 18-year-old prodigy to DAZN.

The 32-year-old German said: “He is the most mature 18-year-old player I have ever seen.

“Jude is already someone who leads and he’s also one of the loudest in the team.

“He’s a great kid. I think I’ve told him about 25 times now that I just love him.” High praise from a man who was instrumental in helping Germany achieve success at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bellingham as been in excellent form for Borussia Dortmund this season, scoring twice and assisting four times, including a goal and an assist in the Champions League on his sides opening game against Besiktas.

Bellingham has shown great promise in Germany since his transfer from Championship side Birmingham. Joining for a reported fee of around £20m, and making 54 appearances in total that have garnered six goals and eight assists, including two goals and assists in 11 Champions League games.

Bellingham’s average goals and assists per 90 has increased by four percentage points, while his pass completion rate has also increased.

Another stat Bellingham has improved is his shot-creating activities. Bellingham currently averages 2.85 shot-creating actions for every 90, which is up from 2.17 last season.

He’s also improving on his successful dribbles. He has gone from 1.64 per 90 last year to 2.61 per 90 this season.

Manchester United desperately needs these qualities in their midfield to help build up, as they have put in a number disjointed performances this season. None of United’s current options offer the necessary blend to solve their midfield problem, which may intensify their interest in Bellingham.

Whether Bellingham will reach the lofty heights some have predicted him to remains to be seen, and we should not place too much pressure on a player only entering his third year in senior career football.

One thing is certain, if Bellingham continues to improve and develop properly, we could be looking at one the best midfielders the game ever saw.



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