Jude Bellingham’s meteoric rise has been enjoyable to watch, and now his brother is following in his footsteps.
Birmingham City was where England’s 19-year-old star made his name before his big move to Borussia Dortmund and it’s where Jobe, 17, is now plying his trade.
After signing a professional contract with the Blues in the summer, Jobe made his first Championship start for the side on Friday night.
Birmingham hosted Sunderland at St Andrew’s in a clash that saw the visitors take all three points thanks to a 2-1 win.
Premier League loanees Ellis Simms and Amad Diallo both netted for the Black Cats, with Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring what would prove to be a consolation goal for Birmingham.
However, one of the headlines from the match was the inclusion of Bellingham in the starting line-up.
Before Friday’s fixture he had made 14 appearances across the league and Carabao Cup, with one start coming in the latter competition.
Head coach John Eustace was ready to give him a chance against Sunderland though, and he named the 17-year-old in the starting XI for the first time in the second division of English football.
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“Jobe Bellingham has made 11 appearances from the bench, we wanted to see what he could do from the start and he did fine,” Eustace said afterwards.
Although he has limited minutes in the senior side at Birmingham, the academy graduate could be ready to try and emulate his brother’s success.
It caps off a good week for the Bellingham family with Jude included in England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar this month.
The Dortmund star was so highly thought of in The Midlands that the club retired his number 22 shirt in 2020 after completing his transfer.