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Bundesliga 2021/22: Is Jude Bellingham Bundesliga’s best midfielder?

Another Bundesliga season has come to a close and Bayern Munich finished top of the pile for another season with Borussia Dortmund finishing eight points behind in second place. The 2021/22 Bundesliga season has seen a lot of players stand out among Europe’s best, a lot of young players making a name for themselves and a lot of players ending their time in the Bundesliga on a high. One player whose name is being discussed pretty much in every corner of the football world is Jude Bellingham. In his second season at the German club, Bellingham, still only 18 years old, has been one of the best players in the Bundesliga this season.

The following visualisation shows where the Englishman ranks for some of the key metrics when compared with the other Bundesliga midfielders in the recently concluded season.

Jude Bellingham is living up to every bit of the hype that surrounded his transfer from Birmingham to Dortmund in the summer of 2020. Looking at the radar, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Bellingham is one of the most complete midfielders. He has played in different positions in midfield, both advanced and in a deeper role, and has performed well in either of those positions. He likes to arrive late in the box and finishing a move, as indicated by his 94th percentile for touches in box and his 100th percentile for progressive runs per 90 minutes. He ranks in the 80th percentile for goals Expected Goals (xG) per 90 minutes and 77th percentile for Expected Assists (xA) per 90 minutes. He has a good eye for the pass as indicated by his 87th percentile for Key passes per 90 minutes and 90th percentile for Through passes per 90 minutes. Bellingham also possess strong skillsets in the defensive side of the game as well. He ranks in the 96th percentile for PAdj. sliding tackles and 62nd percentile for PAdj. interceptions. This shows that he has a strong awareness on the pitch and is always looking to win the ball back and create chances for his teammates.

Jude Bellingham is already a star at only 18. He has put in some memorable performances in the biggest stages of the game and has already helped Dortmund win some famous matches. It isn’t wrong to suggest that Jude Bellingham is the best midifeder in the Bundesliga and he is not far away from becoming the best in all of Europe.