Coming to Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham certainly has to face and stiff competition despite the star born in 2003 who has shown himself in the colors of Borussia Dortmund and England. The question now is which position is Bellingham suitable for? Will the expensive signature at the Bernabeu be guaranteed a spot in Real’s starting line-up?
After all, Kroos and Modric still played for Real in their most important games, including their recent Champions League win, alongside Federico Valverde in midfield. Both Kroos and Modric will remain for next season, and if Ancelotti remains Real’s head coach, a major midfield change is unlikely.
In the past, Ancelotti once shared:
“People might think Modric or Kroos don’t have as much energy as young players but the way they control the game is invaluable and you can’t buy that quality in the transfer market.”
“They have things that only experience can give you. Yes, getting older takes some things away, but it also gives you some.”
In fact, it is difficult to see any Real midfielder leave the club even after Bellingham’s arrival.
However, there are two things that make Bellingham better than Real’s midfielders, that is age and individual playing skills. Of course, Bellingham offers a style of play that other Real midfielders do not have.
All of Real’s options possess passing stats and create better chances than Bellingham in the 2022/23 season, as the La Liga team holds the ball more than Dortmund. That is also the reason why the defensive and pressing index of the player born in 2003 is ranked higher than any midfielder at Real.
But even with less possession, Bellingham still impresses in attack. The England international completed more tackles, passes and finishes than any Real midfielder. That suggests the former Birmingham City man is a more attacking option than what Ancelotti once possessed.
Sky Sports has compiled a series of outstanding Bellingham stats last season. Accordingly, Sky Sports compares Bellingham’s achievements with Real’s midfield in the Bundesliga 2022/23 and the Champions League 2022/23.
Specifically, Bellingham has the ability to recover the ball in the opponent’s half better than any Real midfielder with 31 times. He continued to overwhelm his midfield teammates in the future in two categories of touching the ball in the penalty area (121 situations) and successful passing (86 situations).
With 8 goals, Bellingham only has a poor goal-scoring record for only Valverde, who has shot 9 times in La Liga and the Champions League. He also made 25 shots on target, ranking second when comparing Real’s midfield.
Bellingham has shown in recent years that he doesn’t need to shine at home to elevate himself. The 19-year-old talent is ready to fight for a starting spot at the Bernabeu, something that Los Blancos are extremely looking forward to for many years to come.
Lu Feng | 22:40 06/15/2023