Jude Bellingham: the future captain of Borussia Dortmund?
In 2022–2023, Jude Bellingham will serve as Borussia Dortmund's third captain. He has previously done so throughout preseason.
Jude Bellingham is that rarest of creatures: a footballer who is still so young that he may still be learning the game but who already possesses many of the qualities needed to one day lead his team, the powerful Borussia Dortmund.
The fact that the 19-year-old Englishman has recently been named by BVB coach Edin Terzic as the Black-and-Yellows' third captain behind Marco Reus and Mats Hummels, two players who have achieved legendary status in the Bundesliga, lays bare for all to see the phenomenal progress made in record time by a teenager who is quickly ascending to football greatness.
Many believe Bellingham's third season in Germany's top flight may be his greatest one yet after a fantastic start. And given that he already led Die Schwarzgelben onto the field against Villarreal in preseason, it now seems fairly probable that the England international will one day soon be the guy who leads Die Schwarzgelben out into the field on a regular basis.
"[He] definitely has leadership qualities," Regarding the box-to-box midfielder, Terzic stated. "He wanted this responsibility, so we were happy to give it him; he's been one of our most consistent players over the past couple of years," the Dortmund tactician added. "Jude came to us as a teenager and is slowly becoming a young adult, both physically and in terms of his character. We all don't even know yet how good he is; we're trying to find out where his limit will be."
Bellingham joined BVB from Birmingham City in 2020, thus it's almost incomprehensible that he has now played in only seven less games than 100 for the club. The youngest player to ever make his debut for Birmingham and the club's top scorer has since played in five different midfield positions for Dortmund, taking on the center position as his own and giving the five-time champions more versatility throughout the field.
He has grown more confident with each game, demanding the ball from teammates, pressing, battling to regain control in crucial areas, and setting up both spectacular assists and goals. Briefly said, Bellingham has established himself at Dortmund as a focal point and an inspiration to everyone around him.
"It means a hell of a lot to me to take on the role and responsibility that I have in this team and at this club," the 6'1" dynamo said.
Jude Bellingham's celebrating in the 1st round against Leverkusen.
Sebastien Haller, Bellingham's new teammate, added this when he joined the organization: “Everyone knows that Jude is just a crazy player. At his age, with the abilities he has on the pitch, he will have a great career if he [continues] to play like this."
Bellingham is regarded as one of those who inspires his teammates during practice sessions with his wicked sense of humor and high-jinks on the practice field. However, once he steps onto the playing field, his fierce competitiveness takes over. Both the athlete and his coach acknowledge that his high expectations of people around him have occasionally resulted in misunderstandings and that this is an area that can be improved this season.
"I perhaps overdid it at times," the 2021 DFB Cup winner said of his eagerness to get the message across. "He was one of the most consistent players [last season], but still has to be a little more balanced and controlled in the area of emotions in one situation or another; he will work on that," Terzic added.
Could Bellingham soon be regularly leading Dortmund out at Signal Iduna Park?
Bellingham finished in the top three in each category in the Bundesliga last year for duels won, sprints, and hard runs. And England's third-youngest debutant carried on where he left off in 2022–23 by directing Dortmund during their victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 1.
Then, during the team's victory on opening day, Bellingham had more individual ball possessions (75), tackles (31) and effective passes (39) than any other BVB player. He continued to play the full match in the center of midfield as Dortmund defeated Freiburg 3-1 after coming from behind.
Bellingham is steadily solidifying his position as one of the Bundesliga's most trustworthy players, and his bond with the fervent Borussia fans is also getting stronger. The England international was motivated to inform Dortmund's club podcast about the send-off that club veterans Michael Zorc and Marcel Schmelzer received at the Signal Iduna Park on the final day of the 2021/22 season: "My friend Toby was on the pitch, with Schmelle [Schmelzer] and Zorc, and we were kind of looking at it like: that kind of reaction to what you have achieved, it's priceless."
Bellingham played a significant role in BVB's 2022–23 season opener victory over Leverkusen.
BVB's No. 22 continued: "You can have all the money you want from playing football and you can buy whatever you want, but being appreciated like that for creating so many memories for so many people ... winning the league, however many cups and winning the Champions League - that lives longer than any car you could buy or any house you could buy. That's the thing that motivates me to create memories in football that I will remember forever and other people will remember forever."
Fantastic inspirational remarks from a potential future captain of Borussia Dortmund.
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