Really? 'Squad' is terribly ambiguous, though. Even then, getting a place on the bench in a midfield unit of: Pogba, Fernandes, Fred, McTominay, Matic and potentially another midfielder - all players who are £30m+ in their own right (or have the ability of someone in that bracket, regarding Matic) is a tall order. In the extreme.I do believe he will be coming straight into our squad as a 17 year old for next season if we sign him.
As I said before in this thread, Bellingham would have to come in and usurp someone to genuinely be a fixture in our squad proper, as in a viable option completely irrespective of his age. Who do you see him usurping from that bunch to be a genuine 1st teamer next season?
Even asked another way: let's say there are players in that mix who would be placed in specific roles in the rotation: Pogba & Fernandes being #10's and #8's, even a #6 for Pogba at times; Fred and McTominay both being the #8's and obviously Matic and very likely another as #6's - where is Bellingham taking up a role, or better asked, taking it off the specialists mentioned?
Not a knock on the kid, but you're talking prodigy for the ages, already presupposed to become an all-time great, to come in and do that. Is that what you class Bellingham as?
Getting him here is one thing, giving him proper playing time whilst we're in the hunt for the league, really is another.