02 January 2020 00:50
Birmingham City could be facing an uphill battle to keep Jude Bellingham at St Andrew's if recent reports are anything to go by. According to the Telegraph, Newcastle United are reportedly monitoring the 16-year-old's progress ahead of a potential swoop this month. Bellingham, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City this season, is already a mainstay in Birmingham's starting eleven. Currently thriving under the guidance of Blues head coach Pep Clotet, the midfielder will be determined to help his side achieve a relative amount of success in the Championship if he does indeed decide to stay in the West Midlands. Despite the fact that Bellingham has only made 23 senior appearances for the Blues, it is clear that he is a very special talent who has already illustrated some real signs of promise in the Championship.
If the midfielder does move on to pastures new during the transfer window, Birmingham may struggle to cope in his absence as he is unquestionably one of their key players. Whilst Birmingham should receive a sizeable fee for Bellingham this month due to the fact that his current deal at St Andrew's isn't set to expire until 2021, there is no guarantee that they will be able to sign a sufficient replacement for him. Given that teams are often reluctant to sell their best players at this stage of the season, the Blues could potentially find it difficult to recruit a midfielder who possesses the skill-set needed to take them to new heights in the Championship. Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham. Only 16-years-old, Bellingham has also caught the eye of Premier League giants Manchester United in recent weeks, and scored his third league goal in the 4-5 defeat to league leaders Leeds United on Sunday.
6 Former darts walk-on girls Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood have released a new calendar Credit: Simon Eccles Chesterfield's Allfree said: "We have missed the walk-ons but the job itself has opened lots of doors for myself and Charlotte. 6 It is two years since models Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood were axed as walk-on girls for the PDC darts players Credit: Getty - Contributor Following the PDC's decision to axe the walk-on girls, the pair went on This Morning, where Charlotte revealed: "It's a very enjoyable job and we feel very honoured to do the job." Writing for SunSport Daniella revealed how she was 'gutted' to not be involved in the championship. She said: "I'm absolutely gutted I will not be working at the PDC World Darts Championships. 6 Charlotte Wood and Daniella Allfree appeared on This Morning after getting sacked Credit: Rex Features 6 The pair brought fun and personality to the sport Credit: Refer to Caption 6 Model Daniella Allfree pictured with darts legend Phil Taylor 6 Fans have continued to support the girls since their PDC ban Credit: Dan Charity - The Sun Darts girls hit back after bosses decide to ditch walk-on-girls from sport Two axed darts walk-on girls who have been banned from PDC World Championship promised they will be bouncing back in 2020. Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood were scrapped as walk-on girls for the PDC darts players two years ago.
But they are keeping themselves busy as they unveiled for a special calendar for the New Year. Two pals Charlotte and Daniella have promised to bounce back – despite no longer being welcome at the darts. Darts walk-on girls were banned in 2018 after being longterm fixtures of the sport. "We have missed the walk-ons but the job itself has opened lots of doors for myself and Charlotte," Daniella, from Chesterfield, told The Sun. "So we are keeping busy and hoping for a successful New Year. Van Gerwen and Wright will clash tonight for the £500,000 first prize – but they won't be a walk-on girl in sight again. Daniella and Charlotte have both argued the job is an "honour" and said being cut from the championships left them "gutted". I love the sport," said Daniella. "Taking the walk-on girls away was a really bad decision from a viewers' point of view. Darts bosses' decision to cut the walk-on girls caused controversy, with some arguing they were a staple of the sport. World number one Van Gerwen backed the move as he said the tradition should be ended two years ago. The axing of walk-on girls was also applauded by the Women's Sport Trust. More than 50,000 fans signed a petition of try and get the walk-on girl ban overturned. Charlotte backed the petition as she said her "rights are being taken away" – adding darts was responsible for 60% of her income. Meanwhile, Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Championships. Sherrock was defeated in the third round by Chris Dobey, but the 25-year-old's performance was seen a positive sign for women in darts. The world darts final will ring in the new year but two notable faces will still be missing from London's Alexandria Palace when Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright play each other for the $945,000 first prize. It's two years since models Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood were scrapped as walk-on models for the PDC darts players, The Sun reports. Allfree said: "We have missed the walk-ons but the job itself has opened lots of doors for myself and Charlotte. "So we are keeping busy and hoping for a successful New Year. Following the PDC's decision to axe the walk-on girls, the pair went on British TV program This Morning, where Wood said: "It's a very enjoyable job and we feel very honoured to do the job." Writing for SunSport Allfree revealed how she was "gutted" to not be involved in the championship. "I'm absolutely gutted I will not be working at the PDC World Darts Championships," she said at the time. "Taking the walk-on girls away was a really bad decision from a viewers' point of view.