Wolverhampton Wanderers may have missed out on a star of the future during the January transfer window, and their chances of reigniting interest in him this summer are diminishing every time the teenager steps out onto the pitch.
The man in question is Birmingham City hotshot Jude Bellingham, who has been attracting the interest of the European elite since the turn of this month.
Alan Nixon at The Sun reported that Wolves were “desperate” to sign the 16-year-old but nothing came to fruition in the end.
Bellingham has continued to dazzle in the Championship, especially over his last three matches.
The Blues are in encouraging form as of late, defeating the likes of Bristol City and Nottingham Forest whilst earning points against Brentford and Blackburn Rovers – four teams all vying to make the playoffs this term.
Per WhoScored, the midfielder starlet has managed seven tackles, six shots and six key passes in his last three league outings. Bellingham has also recorded four successful dribbles and provided one assist as Birmingham went unbeaten in that run too.
His box-to-box presence has clearly been influential to the turnaround in fortunes at St Andrew’s but it only raises question marks to why Wolves didn’t push the boat out for him.
The boat may well have sailed on this one as his stock continues to rise, so will his fee. That £30m will look minuscule to the potential numbers he will be touted with this summer.
Bellingham currently earns only £145 per week and can’t sign a professional contract until he turns 17 at the end of June, so Wolves have certainly missed out on a massive opportunity here.
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