Over the past ten days, Jude Bellingham has underlined why Borussia Dortmund believe he is heading towards the same £100 million price bracket as Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.
He was superb at the Etihad Stadium for the Champions League semi-final first leg versus Manchester City, and then at the weekend he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 3-2 win at Stuttgart. On Wednesday night at Signal Iduna Park he produced another outstanding display and scored his first Champions League goal.
Anyone watching would have come away with an understanding of why Bellingham is widely considered the best 17-year-old footballer on the planet right now.
He is the whole package as a midfielder and plays with the nous and attitude of someone in their mid-20s. He wears the number 22 because he can play the role of a traditional No.4, No.8 and No.10 - and he has certainly been showcasing all necessary traits. Those strengths, combined with his maturity, have always made an impact on people.
He played for England under-15s as a 13-year-old. He played for Birmingham City’s under-18s when he was 14. He became the Blues’ youngest ever first-team player aged 16 years and 38 days. In November, at Wembley Stadium, he made his England debut, aged 17.
Right now there are figures at Manchester United who are desperately disappointed he is not playing in a red shirt at Old Trafford.