Jude Bellingham has continued to impress with England and Borussia Dortmund which has earned him praise from Roy Keane, with Manchester United no doubt looking on enviously after their failed transfer pursuit
Roy Keane is not an easy man to impress but he waxed lyrical about teenage sensation Jude Bellingham, whom he labelled as “scary”.
The midfielder is already becoming a mainstay with England and played in the 10-0 rout against San Marino.
The Borussia Dortmund star has become a regular in the Bundesliga and continues to be an influential figure despite his tender age.
Young England players can be hyped up early in their careers, but Bellingham is seen by many as the real deal and Keane certainly appears to be in that camp.
He told ITV : “He’s got a great chance, the kid, we love everything about him.
“What he does on the pitch, the way he speaks off it, he’s playing week in, week out for a top club [Borussia Dortmund]. The potential in this kid is scary.”
He continued: “I saw him recently playing in a Champions League game and he was producing passes… I didn’t think he had that in his locker quite yet.
“The potential for this boy, he’s a good size, he’s like a boxer, he’s a strong powerful boy. Gareth [Southgate] must be rubbing his hands.”
Manchester United must look back on Bellingham as the one who got away.
The Red Devils were keen on signing him when it became apparent he was going to leave Birmingham City.
They brought out the big guns with Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Bellingham when he came for a tour of the club, but it wasn’t enough to convince him.
Germany has become an impressive breeding ground for young talent with United’s Jadon Sancho benefitting from a switch to the Bundesliga earlier in his career.
Bellingham’s continued rise is no doubt made harder to watch by United’s deficiencies in the middle of the park.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to sign a central midfielder in the summer and has picked from Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
Keane has not held back in his criticism of United’s options, constantly citing their midfield as a shortcoming.
Earlier this season he said: “I don’t want to mention Fred again because I seem to be on his case all the time.
“I think if you want to play for a big team in midfield you’ve got to hang your hat on something to say well, ‘you’re brilliant at going forward, or brilliant defensively or he’s got a goal in him’ – I don’t see any of them in Fred.