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Jude Bellingham’s instant impact: How he has taken Spain by storm



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In the ever-evolving tapestry of modern football, a trend has been etched into the annals of the sport, one that once again threatened to persist upon the signing of Jude Bellingham, who arrived at Real Madrid on a hefty fee.

It is the narrative of big-money signings—those marquee names embellished with exorbitant price tags, taking their time to acclimate to the dynamics of new teams.

Spectators have become wearily accustomed to new arrivals requiring a footballing incubation before they can truly spread their wings and soar.

However, in the midst of this paradigm, Jude Bellingham has dared to defy the norm, shattering this notion with immediate impact.

The pressure of donning the fabled white jersey, along with the astronomical price tag that would loom over him for the rest of his career, created the expectation that the Englishman would require a phase of adaptation.

After all, the switch to the Spanish Capital has been known to be too great a challenge for even some of the most recognized names in football.

For instance, Real Madrid continues to endure the aftermath of Eden Hazard’s ill-fated tenure.

Not all that glitters is gold. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

But for Bellingham, there has been no transitional period, no acclimatization curve. He has proven to skip the prolonged phase of adjustment that many footballers find themselves enduring.

Bellingham has turned around the fortunes of a beleaguered team that was subject to constant fluctuations in form last season.

In new surroundings, at the age of 20, Bellingham is not just adapting; he is thriving.

Goals galore

Bellingham was already seen taking center stage for Real Madrid in the pre-season, but he has managed to extend his dazzling form into the actual season, even taking his performances up a notch.

Since making his La Liga debut, the former Borussia Dortmund man has been a cut above his peers in all respects, but most notably in the scoring department.

He is the second-fastest player to score five goals in La Liga in the 21st century, needing just four games to reach that mark.

Against Athletic Club in the league opener for the Merengues, Bellingham doubled the lead for Real Madrid emphatically, and as soon as the ball bulged the net, he made sure to announce his presence in the Spanish League with a celebration that encapsulated the level of confidence he carries with him.

Steely resolve. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Since then, he has never looked back and continues to embrace the back of the net at every given opportunity.

Once his name is stamped on the scoreboard, Bellingham uses the opportunity to pull out his trademark celebration, holding out his arms toward the stands stoically.

Almeria faced the wrath of his scoring prowess twice, while Celta Vigo and Getafe have also been victims of the star boy’s talents.

Currently leading the scoring charts in La Liga and competing for the Golden Boot, it is safe to say Bellingham has benefited tremendously from being berthed as a number 10 with the liberty to make late runs inside the box and exploit spaces.

In such a context, the England international can get on the ball to create high up the pitch and even take aim at goal.

In the 2022/23 season, he attempted 67 more shots than any other BVB player in the league.

And Ancelotti has utilized his new signing’s offensive acumen to the best possible degree after bidding Benzema farewell.

Match winners

The prodigy has indeed become a regular on the scoreboard, yet it is the regularity with which he snatches victory from the jaws of defeat that has particularly elevated his rank.

In the fatal final minutes of matches, with the scoreboard teetering on a knife’s edge, Bellingham has proven to be the embodiment of composure time and time again.

Apart from the game against Athletic Club, all of Bellingham’s contributions have shown his clutch factor.

Locking horns with Almeria, Real Madrid trailed 1-0 early in the game after former academy graduate Sergio Aribbas helped put his club’s noses in front.

That lead, though, was shortlived as Bellingham burst into action. After leveling the score in the first half, he secured the lead around the hour mark and finally guaranteed victory after providing the game-winning assist to Vinicius.

Then, against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid were engaged in an end-to-end chaotic affair, with the scores tied at 0-0 for the majority of the game.

However, in the dying embers, Bellingham produced the goods in the 81st minute, as his header into the far corner saw the English once again rise to the occasion.

How does he do it? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Finally, in his most recent encounter versus Getafe, Bellingham replicated his clutch gene, with the roars of the Santiago Bernabeu fueling him this time.

In front of 66,747 people at home, Bellingham scored the winner for the third week running after his 95th-minute goal exploded the stadium into life.

Leadership and mentality

Bellingham leads by example, his every move a testament to his unwavering belief. With the ball and off the ball, he leaves his heart out.

Still, it is not merely his football prowess that sets him apart; it is his demeanor and ability to inspire.

While the youngster is yet to speak the Spanish language, he acts as if the captain’s armband is in his custody, which can be seen in his countless actions on the pitch.

In just Los Blancos‘ second league game against Almeria, an incident related to Vinicius arose, which Bellingham managed to defuse expertly.

The Brazilian experienced a tense interaction with the referee during the match, as it seemed to be one of the many occasions Vinicius was looking to embroil himself in an agitated conversation with complaints of being excessively tackled.

However, Bellingham calmly stepped in to placate Vinicius, encouraging him to focus on the game with hand gestures.

A true comrade. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Following that, the game against Celta Vigo followed a similar script.

Bellingham scored the late winner, but after the action had unfolded and the three points were set in stone, the 20-year-old’s maturity was still on display.

As the players went off to appreciate the traveling Madrid fans in Vigo, Bellingham made a gesture asking the spectators to applaud the new signing, Kepa Arizzabalaga, after he had kept a clean sheet on his debut.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Las Palmas



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Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways as they get set to take on UD Las Palmas in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the derby debacle against Atletico de Madrid last weekend, it is imperative for Los Merengues to bounce back strongly tonight.

With kick-off not very long away, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be stepping onto the pitch to face Las Palmas.

Ancelotti has changed things a fair bit from the derby defeat, with both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos dropping to the bench.

But the biggest surprise is that Jude Bellingham has also been rested by the Real Madrid boss.

Instead, Real Madrid go in with the quartet of Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Brahim Diaz in their diamond midfield setup. The latter makes his first start for Real Madrid this season.

Up top, Joselu returns to the starting lineup, pairing up alongside Rodrygo Goes while Vinicius Jr remains on the bench, having only recently returned from an injury.

At the back, club captain Nacho Fernandez starts his first game of the season at the expense of Lucas Vazquez at right-back. Ferland Mendy also gets a look-in at left-back while David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger make up the rearguard that will shield Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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