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Sunderland can find Alex Pritchard 2.0 in Jobe Bellingham

Sunderland are interested in signing Jobe Bellingham, who is the younger brother of Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.

That is according to a report from the Daily Mail, who claims that the Black Cats are willing to “explore an ambitious” move for the 16-year-old.

As claimed here on Football FanCast yesterday, it is claimed that Kristian Speakman has a close relationship with the Bellingham brothers’ parents and having functioned as Birmingham City’s academy manager, is said to have played a key role in the youngster’s development.

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Jobe’s influence

If Sunderland are able to pull of a summer coup for the £450k-rated starlet, it will be a real signal of intent and could present Black Cats boss Alex Neil with a youthful, energetic option in attack.

The signing would also potentially give the 40-year-old his new Alex Pritchard, who has been vital in their quest for promotion this term, racking up seven assists in 38 games and scoring four goals.

Given the example that Dortmund star Jude has set, his brother could certainly be on track to better Pritchard’s total this season, but at this early stage of his career, needs assurances over regular minutes.

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Who is the player?

Despite featuring twice for the Blues in the Championship this season, Jobe has played the majority of his football in the Premier League 2, where he has provided one assist in 13 games. However, having featured in the U18 Premier League on nine occasions, he has scored five goals from an attacking midfield position.

Whilst his potential is clearly there, the surroundings, along with regular minutes, are the most important aspects surrounding Bellingham’s development at the tender age of 16.

His arrival at Sunderland could be both integral to his career and further down the line, even detrimental to Pritchard, who operates in the same position as the youngster.

The biggest factor will surely be dependent on the level of football that Sunderland are playing come next season.

In other news: Craig Hope: Speakman plotting “ambitious” SAFC swoop for gem, it’ll delight Neil

Article title: Sunderland can find Alex Pritchard 2.0 in Jobe Bellingham

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