Jude Bellingham is exceptional and one of the world’s best but I fear a David Beckham moment

Jude Bellingham is one of football’s most talented and composed stars, but fans have been warned he could lose his cool.

The 20-year-old has scored 20 goals in a sensational debut season at Real Madrid and earned his 28th cap for England on Saturday night.

During the 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil he was targeted by tough tackles, with Lucas Paqueta in particular going in hard and causing him to complain to the referee.

It comes weeks after his red card for Madrid for protesting his disallowed goal against Valencia, and Alan Pardew thinks there will be more moments where emotions will run high.

He appeared to allude that Bellingham could have a similar moment to England legend David Beckham and his dismissal against Argentina for kicking Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup.

Bellingham normally exudes calmness and when asked how to avoid being wound-up, former Premier League manager Pardew told the Sunday Session on talkSPORT: “That comes naturally with experience.


“He’s obviously getting that in Madrid, don’t think that’s not happening at Madrid. He’s getting used to it and I think he’s frustrated because he wants to do so well.

“Off camera yesterday, he’s geeing the crowed up, he’s a real motivator, he was geeing the team up, he was having words with individuals, he’s just a great footballer full stop.

“We’re so lucky to have him, perhaps he’s a top three player in the world you’d have to say. He’s an exceptional talent and he is going to have moments like Becks had.

“He’s going to have a moment when he does something, let’s say, less mature and gets in trouble, let’s hope it’s not in this tournament though because I think he’s going to be very, very important.”

Beckham’s red card was the first of nine during his career and came from Simeone initially fouling him before the Manchester United icon kicked out in retaliation.

England lost the match after and ‘Golden Balls’ received a plethora of abuse nationwide, but he still went on to make 115 appearances for his country.

Graeme Souness bemused by Jude Bellingham’s performance for England against Brazil and thinks he should have put the opposition ‘on their a*** ‘

Bellingham could be the next to follow suit should he maintain his impressive trajectory.

The 2023 Golden Boy winner has enjoyed a record-breaking season at Madrid and could very well win LaLiga and the Champions League.

Bellingham is also set to star for England at Euro 2024 this summer in what will already be his second major international tournament.

He will be three years younger than Beckham was in the 1998 World Cup and therefore still has a lot to learn on the big stage despite his experience so far.

However, dealing with frustrating opponents will only come with time as England fans continue to witness a star in the making.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Robert Calcutt
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