Spotlight: David Bell
Currently the number one ranked midfielder on the Trapattoni Index, David Bell is a versatile midfielder who could easily make the step up from Championship to international football.
26 year old Bell started his professional career with Rushden and Diamonds, making over a hundred league appearances and scoring ten goals in total for the club. He was then signed by Mike Newell for Luton Town and had an immediate impact, winning Internet Player of the Season and Young Supporters’ Player of the Season. These accolades, as well as his performance under Newell and his successor Kevin Blackwell earned David Bell a call-up to the Republic of Ireland B team.
That was his only international experience to date, having come on as a second half substitute in a 1-1 draw with Scotland B for Jon Walters, who was then with Ipswich Town. In March 2008, Bell joined Leicester City on a loan-to-buy deal, but when Leicester were relegated from the Championship, this fell through. During his time at Luton, he had played 75 league games and scored 7 goals.
The next step for Bell was a move to Norwich City, but before he could make his debut, he broke his ankle. This kept him out for three months, and delayed his impact. The Kettering-born winger only played 20 games in total for the Canaries before Coventry City stepped in to buy him for half a million in the 2009 January transfer window.
Since joining Coventry, he has had three operations, but that has not held him back. His first goal for the club was a scorcher against Doncaster in March 2009, and he has scored four times since. He already has one goal this season, helping Coventry come back from 2-0 down against Watford to snatch a late, late draw in August. In his first game of the season, Bell proved the architect in both City’s goals to easily defeat Portsmouth 2-0.
The midfield player has turned many heads this season, and his versatility could easily lead to a call-up to the full Republic of Ireland squad. Although at home on the right of midfield, Bell has featured in the centre many times, and has even been asked to play as a left winger in the past. If he can stay injury-free in 2010-11, this could be his best season yet.