- Mar 19, 2007
Well said. To play regularly in midfield the Championship, given the physicality of it, at 16 is exceptional, let alone playing for a top German side and in the Champions League.Then I don't know how you can be of the opinion that he's 'relegation Championship level'.
I watch a fair amount of Dortmund too as they have always been one of my favourite sides to watch. I also saw a good amount of this lad last season because my team was playing the same division. Always thought his ball-playing ability was remarkably average to be honest, but he can carry it pretty well, picks up good positions and statistically has always played a part in creating chances. He is a lot better defensively than people like to give him credit for too, particularly his pressing.
Yeah he's probably been told he will get games, but if he was genuinely the level you say he is, he wouldn't be playing this regularly. Especially when you consider the up-and-down season Dortmund have had, Favre's job was on the line and he still trusted this kid with minutes.
And may I remind you the guy is 17. We can talk about Mejbri all we want but until he is able to show he can step-up to senior level, there really is no comparison here. Bellingham is 6 months younger and has played 70+ games with the first team, including a lot in a top 4 league in the world and the Champions League, and has already made his international debut for a top 10 side in the world. Mejbri meanwhile still hasn't played a game of football against grown men.
Watched him a few times least season and was generally impressed given his age. He had a decent game for Dortmund the other night too. Big future for him if he keeps progressing, and probably moved to the right club.