Two days after the heartbreak of watching his team lose the German title in the last match, Dortmund’s teenage midfielder, Jude Bellingham, was named Bundesliga Player of the Season on Monday.
The 19-year-old England international received the most votes in the ‘Team of the Season’ poll.
Bellingham, who suffered a knee injury towards the end of the season, was an unused substitute as Dortmund drew 2-2 at home to Mainz on Saturday, allowing Bayern Munich to claim the top spot on goal difference.
Bellingham appeared in 31 of his team’s 34 games, starting in 30 of them and accumulating 2,693 league minutes—the most of any player at the club. He scored eight goals and provided four assists.
“Every year or half year that I’ve played at the club, my responsibility in the team has increased,” he was quoted as saying on the Bundesliga site.
“I came to the club as a talented lad, but I have added elements to my game that have taken it to the next level.”
“I have to continue to be everywhere on the pitch and try my best to contribute going forwards and backwards, and try to control games, try to dominate the midfield,” he said.
“I want my teammates to see that I’m always doing everything I can to make sure we win. If we lose a game, I’m the worst person.”
The midfielder, who signed for Dortmund at 17 from English Championship team Birmingham City for 29 million euros ($32 million), had a starring role in England’s midfield at the World Cup last year and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid or Manchester City in the summer.
When he led his team out at Cologne in October, Bellingham became the youngest match captain since the Bundesliga started recording the data in 1995.
His coach, Edin Terzic, called Bellingham “the oldest 19-year-old in the world.”
According to Bundesliga statistics, over the season, Bellingham also covered more distance (322 km) than any of his teammates and won 482 ‘duels,’ a league high.
Bellingham was one of four Dortmund players in the Team of the Season, which was selected by a vote of fans, clubs, and experts.
Bundesliga Team of the Season:
Goalkeeper: Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund); Defenders: Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich); Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich); Forwards: Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Niclas Fuellkrug (Werder Bremen).