In the Pipeline: Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham

In recent memory, Birmingham have had a habit of losing their most promising academy players. Nathan Redmond was the first to flee the scene before Damarai Gray also packed his bags and moved on too.

Gray made his first-team debut for the club at 17, Redmond at 16. But the club now has a youngster who can surpass them both.

At the age of 15, Jude Bellingham has already been a part of the first team squad. He’s yet to make his senior bow, but it seems only a matter of time before he does.

However, embroiled in a relegation battle, it may be best for Garry Monk to ease him in slightly more gently next season.

It says a lot about the player, though, that he has been close to appearing in the Championship already. Monk clearly has no fears and if you’re good enough you’ll get your chance.

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In Birmingham’s match with West Brom last month he was the 19th man in the squad, warming up with the team before the game and then watching on from the substitutes bench.

Considering his age it’s quite the achievement and he now has the potential to follow in the footsteps of some of the Blues’ former players currently plying their trade in the Premier League.

Of course, the club will hope he doesn’t make the leap with another side as Redmond and Gray did.

Bellingham is an attacking midfielder but has a habit of getting involved in the goals. He scored four in one game against Liverpool last year and also found the back of the net on his U23 debut this season, popping up with the winner three minutes from time. That says it all about his will and determination.

He’s also shone at youth level for England and has hit double figures for appearances in the U23s this term.

The 15-year-old is incredibly raw but is certainly one that should be monitored closely going into next season.

Not turning 16 until the summer, Bellingham has a serious chance of becoming the club’s youngest player to feature in the Championship. Only time will tell whether he breaks that record.