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Spurs plot move for 6ft3 “absolute monster” who could be a bigger talent than Maddison –

This “absolute monster” could be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Tottenham Hotspur’s acquisition of James Maddison for £40m from relegated Leicester City was an astute piece of business. The England international has already been labelled by football pundit Jamie Carragher as “one of the most influential players” in the Premier League this season.

However, Spurs’ display against Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to the international break was living proof that the side have become quite reliant on Maddison to create chances under Ange Postecoglou, having had just six shots at Molineux with an expected goals total of 0.7 while the playmaker was absent through injury.

Reports are now suggesting that the North London outfit have set their sights on adding more midfield depth ahead of the January transfer window.

Spurs have reportedly been monitoring Sunderland’s highly-rated young player, Josh Bellingham, since January, when he was a starter for Birmingham City. This information comes from Football Insider. According to the newspaper, Bellingham’s stellar play with the Black Cats has attracted interest from Bundesliga clubs as well as other Premier League teams.

Bellingham, who turned 18 in September, has played in every one of Sunderland’s 16 Championship games. Tony Mowbray’s team is currently on the hunt for a seven-year run back to the top division, and Bellingham has contributed to every one of those games. Despite playing as a number ten and a center midfielder, the youthful player has managed to score three goals and earn one assist.

The brother of Real Madrid sensation Jude, Jobe has made waves in England’s second division and is hailed as a “absolute monster” in the making by former Premier League striker Troy Deeney.

Jobe Bellingham’s stats this season

Some Sunderland supporters even believe that Bellingham is a “copy and paste” of his older sibling which could mean the youngster has a higher ceiling than Tottenham Hotspur’s Maddison, should the English giants secure his signature this winter.

Bellingham’s stats at such a young age certainly make for impressive reading when compared to all players in the

Same standing from leagues comparable to the Championship during the previous year. The £3 million midfield player is in the top 2% and top 12%, respectively, for non-penalty xG per 90 and non-penalty goals per 90. Furthermore, according to FBref, Bellingham is now ranked in the top 19% for progressive passes received per 90 and the top 6% for touches in the offensive penalty area per 90.

According to the BBC, Bellingham has tied Dan Neil for the most goals scored for the Black Cats this season with three, and he has a 56% shot accuracy and a 17% conversion rate. Only Jack Clarke has scored more goals for the Black Cats than Bellingham.

The Sunderland starlet is also holding his own against Maddison in a number of key attacking metrics, proving Bellingham’s frightening talent – despite his tender age.

Per 90 Metrics Jobe Bellingham James Maddison
Goals 0.22 0.31
Expected Goals 0.25 0.29
Assists 0.07 0.51
Expected Assists 0.1 0.33
Key Passes 0.89 3.16
Progressive Passes 4.07 9.9
Progressive Carries 1.78 2.96
Goals Per Shot 0.13 0.11
Stats via FBref

Bellingham is still far behind Maddison in terms of talent, particularly when it comes to his inventiveness. If Spurs strike a deal with Sunderland in the upcoming months, the young player’s ability to even match some figures is a testament to his abilities and may indicate a future passing of the baton.

At N17, Maddison might be the shining star right now, but if a contract for the adolescent is completed in 2024, Bellingham might rise to prominence akin to that of his Golden Boy-winning brother.

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