David Cotterill has sent some words of encouragement to Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham on Twitter.
The 16-year-old had made his league debut during the 3-0 loss against Swansea City on Sunday, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute.
Cotterill should know what it takes to play for Birmingham, having made 108 appearances in blue, scoring 15 goals and assisting 25, as per Transfermarkt.
The performance in question was Bellingham’s first-ever league match, but he already had a first-team appearance under his belt, having played 81 minutes in the 3-0 Carabao Cup loss against Portsmouth.
The Birmingham Mail sang his praises following that match despite the result – not just because he had become the youngest player to represent Blues since Trevor Francis in 1970.
They showed appreciation for his composure and close control, describing the teenager as “a real bright spark on a forgettable night”, giving him a rating of 7.5, which was the highest of any Birmingham player.
So that is now two first-team appearances for Bellingham, receiving praise from a local journalist in his first and a player who has exceeded 100 appearances for Blues in the second.
This shows he must be doing something right, which indicates he could be in and around Pep Clotet’s side far more often from now on.
It will be interesting to see if he is handed another opportunity against Stoke City on Saturday, with the opposition having only got one point from five games so far this campaign.
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