The next big thing? Jobe Bellingham, 15, follows in older brother Jude’s footsteps after being named in Birmingham’s squad for EFL Cup win over Colchester… but is made to wait to break his sibling’s record as the youngest player to play for the club
- Jobe Bellingham was named in Birmingham’s Carabao Cup squad on Tuesday
- The 15-year-old is the younger brother of Dortmund star, Jude Bellingham
- Like Jude, Jobe is on course to play for Birmingham at such a young age
- Jude currently holds the record for the youngest player to feature for Sky Blues
- At 15 years and 324 days, Jobe can still break his older brother’s record
Talent clearly runs in the Bellingham household after Jude’s younger brother Jobe was named in Birmingham City’s matchday squad for their Carabao Cup clash with Colchester on Tuesday.
Jobe, who is still only 15 years old, was left on the bench for Birmingham’s first-round win over their League Two opponents at St Andrew’s but was left beaming with pride after being handed a spot in Lee Bowyer’s first-team squad.
Should he have got the nod to make his senior debut for the Sky Blues, Jobe would have broken his own brother’s record as the youngest player to have played for the club.
Jobe Bellingham, younger brother of Jude, was named in Birmingham’s Carabao Cup squad
The 15-year-old (left) is the younger brother of Borussia Dortmund star, Jude Bellingham (right)
Before leaving for Borussia Dortmund in a £25million deal last summer, which saw Birmingham retire the teenager’s No 22 shirt, Jude became the club’s youngest first-team player, at just 16 years and 38 days old.
And with Jobe not turning 16 until next month, he still has plenty of time to follow in his brother’s footsteps and break the record himself.
While he didn’t make it on to the pitch, Jobe will have been happy to see his team-mates secure a 1-0 victory to advance to the second round of the League Cup.
Marcel Oakley’s 76th-minute debut goal clinched victory for the Sky Bet Championship side after Colchester created the best chances and later hit the bar through Cameron Coxe.
Teenager Jobe didn’t get onto the pitch but still has time to break his sibling’s club record
Older brother Jude left Birmingham to join Borussia Dortmund in a £25m deal last summer
Bowyer changed all 11 players from Saturday’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United and the Blues boss was relieved his second string passed a stiff test.
‘What we practise every day and bring into the game we didn’t do in the first half and that disappointed me,’ said Bowyer.
‘I want players to show me I was wrong in not picking them on Saturday and they didn’t do that.’
Bowyer believes right back Oakley, who made his debut at 18, took his chance, however.
‘We had to use Marcel in pre-season because we haven’t got cover for Maxime Colin,’ he added.
‘Marcel is only 18 but he has a big heart. I don’t give debuts away cheaply but he deserved it based on his pre-season. I knew I could trust him.’
Birmingham City beat League Two’s Colchester United in their Carabao Cup first-round clash
Colchester head coach Hayden Mullins – an ex-West Ham United team-mate of Bowyer’s – felt hard done to by the result after on-loan Fulham forward Sylvester Jasper threatened three times.
‘I’m disappointed with the result, which is a surprise for a League Two club coming to a Championship outfit’ said Mullins.
‘We dominated most of the game which is really good. I wanted us to be positive and aggressive with the press and in our attacking play and not show them too much respect and we kept pushing right to the end and hit the bar.
‘There were a lot of positives – the way we pressed and the energy we showed, I don’t think many teams in our division would have lived with us.’
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