As Georginio Wijnaldum’s Liverpool contract continues to tick down, there have been a number of rumours relating to his potential replacement at Anfield.
One of the names in the rumour mill is current Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, with Eurosport suggesting that the Reds are tracking the former Birmingham City man.
He could certainly be the perfect replacement for Wijnaldum on Merseyside.
Despite being just 17 years of age, the midfielder is already starring for BVB.
He has already made 39 appearances for Dortmund this season in all competitions since his summer move, scoring three goals and providing four assists. Bellingham certainly starred in his most recent outing by netting a fantastic strike against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.
For comparison, the Dortmund man has already racked up more direct goal contributions than Wijnaldum this season, a surprising and remarkable feat considering that he is 13 years the current Liverpool midfielder’s junior.
It is not just in his output that Bellingham continues to come out on top though. According to WhoScored, he is averaging more shots per game, dribbles, tackles, interceptions and clearances than Wijnaldum. Once again, that is an extremely impressive level of performance from a player so young.
His displays have also been noticed in all quarters.
Whilst it would take quite a fee to convince Dortmund to part with their exciting starlet, with him having two years left to run on his contract at the Signal Iduna Park and rated at £31.5m, he would certainly be worth investing in.
So if Liverpool do have to replace Wijnaldum this summer, Bellingham is the ready-made successor.
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