‘It is scary how good he is at 18’ – Grealish hails Jude Bellingham2 min read
Jack Grealish is in awe of England team-mate Jude Bellingham, labelling his abilities as “scary” for one so young.
Bellingham played the full 90 minutes as the Three Lions beat 10-man Ivory Coast 3-0 at Wembley on Tuesday, catching the eye as he featured in an advanced role ahead of James Ward-Prowse and Declan Rice.
It was Bellingham’s 12th senior cap, with England winning every single match he has played in – only Theo Walcott (14 matches) has enjoyed a longer winning start to his Three Lions career than the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
Bellingham is in his second season in the Bundesliga with Dortmund and has already established himself as a key player, making 25 league starts from a possible 27.
Links to other major European clubs have been frequent for the youngster, and Grealish could not hide the admiration he holds for his fellow West Midlands-native after a mature performance.
Asked if he had ever played alongside a teenager as good as Bellingham, Grealish told reporters: “I haven’t actually. It is scary how good he is at 18.
“He is just so mature. He is built like he is my age at 26. He has so much technical ability and he is mature for his age.
“I can tell you one thing, I was nowhere near as good at 18. I was at Notts County [on loan from Aston Villa] and I was a scrawny little thing as well.
“You see talented 18 or 19-year-old kids but not many are that mature as he is on the pitch. He is so versatile and can play in many different positions on the pitch.
“He can be a six, eight or a 10. It was good to play with him and I think it was my first time playing with him. It is nice to play with a fellow Brummie.”