The Premier League sets its sights on the other Bellingham: “He can reach the top like Jude”

Crystal Palace and Brentford are interested in his brother Jobe, who at 18 has scored seven goals with Sunderland in the Championship

Jude Bellingham will play his first Champions League final at Wembley with Real Madrid. At 20 years old, the English midfielder, a sensation in European football this season with his 23 goals and 12 assists, is aiming for his first ‘Orejona’ in London against his former team, Borussia Dortmund. He wants to make his mark in a city where his brother Jobe might also live starting this summer.

In England, it is reported that Jobe is on the radar of Brentford and Crystal Palace, both Premier League teams, for the upcoming season. This comes after a season where Jobe scored seven goals and provided one assist in 45 matches in the Championship (English second division) with Sunderland… at just 18 years old

Jobe doesn’t go unnoticed with his scoring ability and arrival in the box, much like Jude. Additionally, his physical and playing style resemblance to the Real Madrid midfielder (both are close to 1.90 meters tall) has made him one of the most coveted players in football.

“Both brothers have a very similar mentality. They are relentlessly determined to reach their goals. Playing as a ‘9’ in one match and as a ’10’ in the next at 18 years old shows his quality and class. His talent is fantastic beyond just the name on his jersey. He can reach the top like Jude,” said Sunderland’s coach, Mike Dodds.

“I know how to find space in the box. Sometimes I play deeper, in a different role. With my skills, I can play in various positions and learn more things. This is something that will benefit me in my career,” said Jobe Bellingham, Sunderland midfielder.

Jobe moved to Sunderland from Birmingham City last summer, where he broke precocity records by being called up for the first time at… just 15 years old! Like his brother, who was transferred to Dortmund at 17 for 30 million euros with his shirt number retired, Jobe became important at St Andrew’s while still a minor. At the same age, Jobe played 22 matches in the English second division in the 2022-23 season before being transferred to the ‘Black Cats’ for 1.75 million euros. Now, after a year of being key at the Stadium of Light, his price could exceed 10 million.

How does Jobe play?

“I know how to find space in the box. Sometimes I play deeper, in a different role. With my skills, I can play in various positions and learn more things. This is something that will benefit me in my career,” summarized Jobe, who is sometimes a ‘clone’ of his brother Jude with his movements and ability to shoot and score. However, he wants to build his own story.

He doesn’t want to live off his brother’s name. Jobe wants to be a footballer and create his own identity. He is a diamond.

“He is a diamond. He loves football and wants to improve. He challenges the coaches every day, and his mentality always aims to grow and learn. He doesn’t want to live off his brother’s name. He wants to be a footballer and create his own identity,” said his former Sunderland coach, Tony Mowbray. On his shirt, it says Jobe and not Bellingham. A true statement of intent.

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