Futbol Factor: Craig Bellamy is the Most Underrated Striker

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2009

Craig Bellamy doesn't get the credit he deserves as a player, despite his so-called reputation off the pitch.

He is by far the biggest surprise of the season for Manchester City, much to the delight of Mark Hughes and Citizens supporters.

His play has been an important factor in the Citrizen's stellar start to the season, and if things keep up, Bellamy might find himself at home with a club that actually wants him.

That's a testament to a player who was known for being at times volatile, and who had the unpleasant experience of bouncing around from to club to club throughout his career. 

He is probably the sort of player than an Alex Ferguson or Martin O'Neill would cherish, a sort of player that only Mark Hughes as a manager (not to mention former Welsh international and coach) can appreciate entirely.

So far, Bellamy leads all City attackers in goals, and his superb performance against Manchester United more than proved his worth and skill as a player that Manchester City want to build itself with.

Mark Hughes brought Craig Bellamy over from West Ham last season, a move that some suggested was only done as a favour to Bellamy himself, but Hughes ended up as the one to have made the shrewd and intelligent move in acquiring the player.

Bellamy is quickly becoming a fan favorite at Manchester City, and the player himself feels that his stature as a Citizen would only be enhanced should the club commit to the player for the long term.

Despite the fact that he's playing along the likes of Adebayor, Tevez, and Santa Cruz, Bellamy feels right at home. 

Much can be expected from the other forwards this season, but Bellamy believe he will fit in with the pack just fine.