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Man Utd transfer target Jude Bellingham tipped to become Premier League's new star


Former Manchester United striker Mark Robins reckons Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham is a future Premier League superstar.

Coventry boss Robins is preparing his League One side for their FA Cup tie with Championship Birmingham.

The former Red Devils forward has been scouting Brum thoroughly as the clubs are ground-sharing St Andrews this term.

Robins can see why his old club United are trying to buy the £30million-rated England U17 midfielder.

Bellingham, 16, already has four goals from 26 appearances this term after making his debut in August.

The teenager is now a wanted starlet after displacing Trevor Francis as Birmingham’s youngest scorer.

Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham is a target for Manchester United

Robins, 50, assessed: “In Jude Bellingham they have one of the best 16-year-olds or the best 16-year-old I have ever seen.

“Bellingham is a stand-out. He is a brilliant talent capable of playing in the Premier League, no doubt about that.

“He is ridiculous for 16 years of age to have that power in his body, it is unbelievable.

“He has talent way beyond his years without a shadow of a doubt.

Coventry City manager and former United striker Mark Robins has been impressed by Bellingham

“He could do whatever he wants to do.”

Robins came through at Old Trafford as a youngster where he scored 17 goals in 71 appearances.

United will also be in FA Cup action this weekend when they travel to League One side Tranmere for their fourth-round tie on Sunday.

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The Premier League club will be hoping to avoid another upset following their 2-0 home defeat to Burnley in midweek – their third loss in the last four league games.

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Although that result was met by boos by United supporters and has piled further pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager is confident the club will give him the time and backing to turn things around.

“When you start on something, you stick to that plan,” he said. “For me, anyway. I’m not going to change six or eight or nine or 10 months after I got the job and start believing in a different way of doing things.

“I’m going to stick to what I’ve been trusted to do by the club and hopefully that’ll be good enough, and they can see what we’re doing is right.

“It’s one of these jobs – we know how football is nowadays – but all my conversations with the club have been positive.”





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