It would seem that some families are just blessed with footballing talent – and the Bellingham family are certainly one of those.
It’s safe to say that their dad, Mark, and mum, Denise, will have enjoyed the first half of the campaign, with both of their sons settling down perfectly into their new clubs.
So, as the Bellingham family stock continues to rise in the football world, let’s take a look at the younger Bellingham brother who is stepping out of Jude’s shadow at Sunderland.
Who is Jobe Bellingham?
Jobe’s football journey started at the same place as Jude, with Birmingham City bringing both players through their academy and into the first team.
The footballing brothers both made their debuts for the senior team when they were 16 years-old, with Jobe making his bow in an FA Cup tie against Plymouth in January 2022.
Jobe’s appearance saw him become the second youngest player in the club’s history behind, you guessed it, Jude.
Deployed mainly as an attacking midfielder, Jobe has shown his versatility by also featuring deeper in midfielder, along with a number of appearances as a centre forward.
When did Jobe Bellingham complete his transfer to Sunderland?
After a string of appearances over the next year-and-a-half, Jobe then joined Sunderland in the summer 2023 transfer window, with the Black Cats paying a reported £3m for his services.
Since his move to the North East, Jobe has established himself as a key first-team player courtesy of a string of fine performances.
In just his third league game for Sunderland, Jobe scored his first two professional goals in the 2-1 win over Rotherham at the Stadium of Light.
Jobe has even been cheered on by Jude this season, with the Real Madrid star making a trip to the Stadium of Light in December to cheer on his sibling in the clash with Coventry.
Jude may not have been the only one impressed with what he saw, with Jobe’s performances in the Championship reportedly catching the eye of Real Madrid, raising the possibility of the two Bellingham’s one day turning out together for Los Blancos.
Before their moves to their respective new clubs last summer, which incredibly were both announced on the same day, the brothers enjoyed a holiday together in the South of France.
Jobe also joined Jude at his official Real Madrid unveiling one day after his signing was confirmed, with the brothers posing for pictures alongside their proud parents.
Why does Jobe Bellingham have his first name on his shirt?
Whilst Jude and Jobe seemingly have much in common in their respective careers, one area where they do differ is the fact that Jude has his first name on the back of his shirt.
‘I think he’s trying to create his own identity,’ former Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray, who was sacked in December, offered in way of an explanation.
‘He doesn’t want to live off the back of his brother’s name, he wants to be the footballer that he is and show people what he can do. He’s an absolute diamond.
‘He just loves football and wants to get better. He tests the coaches every day. He’s got a real growth mindset.
‘Where he can be in five years’ time, I’m not sure, but I’m really pleased with him. His greatest asset is that he wants to learn.’
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