With the next summer transfer window approaching, it looks like Manchester City have an eye on securing the signature of a player who could potentially become their next version of Phil Foden.
What’s the news?
According to a recent report by The Mirror, City are in the mix to sign Birmingham City’s 16-year-old midfielder Jobe Bellingham.
A product of Birmingham’s youth system, the midfielder followed in his brother Jude’s footsteps by making his senior debut for the Midlands club at a very young age.
The next Foden?
Manchester City have a slew of young players at their club who have given them Premier League minutes this season.
Some of these players, such as Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, James McAtee, CJ Egan-Riley and Kayky, have all been introduced to action at the highest level for the first time.
Another great example of a young player making his way through the academy and becoming a regular first team player is Foden.
Should City Sign Jobe Bellingham?
With 210 appearances to his name for the club in their youth and senior teams, the Englishman has scored 66 goals and provided 46 assists.
The 21-year-old, who has made 44 appearances in all competitions for Pep Guardiola this season, is a prime example of a young talent coming through a club’s youth system and making a name for himself at senior level.
So with 26 appearances to his name at the club’s seniors, U23 and U18, with five goals and one assist, Bellingham could become the next prominent young star at the Etihad.
This highlights the fact that he has a knack for not only scoring goals, but scoring them in a similar way to Foden.
>After making his first debut for Birmingham, the £450,000-rated youngster received much praise from Lee Bowyer.
He said: “The young Jobe who arrived looked so comfortable. He has earned it, he has been training with us for two, three, four weeks now, you just see him grow and improve every day.”
Further praise came from talent scout Jacek Kulig, who Twitter earlier this season called the teen a “great talent.”
Given the exciting qualities he clearly possesses, enough to see him get a few senior minutes at such a young age, Bellingham could be a good addition to City’s ranks.
If the Manchester club eventually signs him and he then gets the chance to become Foden 2.0, this could be a solid long-term investment from the Citizens.
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