Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham has been awarded the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for November.
The 16-year-old started all five of Blues’ games in November and is fast becoming an integral part of Pep Clotet’s side. Despite only turning 16 earlier this year, he has already made 20 first-team appearances this season, 19 of them coming in the Sky Bet Championship.
On winning the award Bellingham said: “I’m really grateful. It’s nice to know that your performances are recognised. I feel like with every game I’m getting a bit better and it’s nice to think that people consider the overall performances and contribution to the team."
Earlier this season, Bellingham became Birmingham City’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut in Round One of the Carabao Cup, breaking a record that was previously held by Blues legend Trevor Francis. By the end of that month he had added another record to his tally, as he became their youngest-ever goalscorer after scoring the winner on his home debut against Stoke City.
The youngster has since made a number of first-team appearance contributing from midfield to Birmingham’s 28 points this season.
“The opportunity the head coach has given me to play in the league this year has been amazing,” Bellingham continued.
“I feel like every game I play in I am growing and learning and that’s credit to the challenges that the league provides you.
“The EFL and the Championship is very competitive and there are some big clubs in the EFL. It’s a great league to show that, first of all, you can handle men’s football and now that I’m in it and a lot more involved it’s about seeing if I can help our team be successful, which is the main thing.
“There is still a lot more to be done for the rest of the season. I’m really grateful to pick up this award, now I want to kick on and see what I can achieve and what we can achieve as a team."