Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham set to be moved out of midfield
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Jude Bellingham has made an incredible start to life at Real Madrid but he looks for a new positional change after just four games.
The 20-year-old has scored three goals in La Liga after making an £88.5 million move to Los Blancos, already emerging as a pivotal member of Carlo Ancelotti's squad.
Bellingham has always been seen as a complete midfielder, hence why he wore the No.22 at both Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund.
But he's been deployed in an advanced midfield role for Real, who have been operating with a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation.
With Karim Benzema moving on to Saudi Pro League side Al Ittihad, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have been playing as split strikers in a new system.
However, the latter is now set for six weeks on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury just 18 minutes into the win over Celta Vigo.
It's another shock injury blow for Real, who must now find a way of playing without him.
Their only recognised striker is former Newcastle and Stoke man Joselu. But MARCA say one of Ancelotti's ideas to cope without Vinicius is to play Bellingham even further forward alongside Rodrygo.
Luka Modric or Toni Kroos would come into the side as an extra midfielder, with the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavaniga currently making it up a youthful central area for the 14-time European champions.
Bellingham's goals tally replicates Cristiano Ronaldo's start to life at Real and Real defender David Alaba recently branded him "insane" and said he has been left "speechless" by the England international.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has also been very impressed by what he's seen from Real's No.5.
"Bellingham is doing very well, he keeps scoring and contributing to the team," the Italian told reporters.
"Goals aren't his biggest quality but he's doing well. He is good off the ball, he's intelligent and his timing is good.
He's got a lot of ability on the edge of the area."