Bradford City close in on Premier League talent

Bradford City are leading the chase for Wolves prospect Elliot Watt, according to the Telegraph and Argus.

The 20-year-old spent time on loan at Carlisle United last season and is a current Scotland Under 21 international. Stuart McCall, who made his first capture of the summer last week, is allegedly leading the hunt for the player despite interest from League One sides.

Watt has significant pedigree, having joined Wolves after stints with  Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool during his youth career. He has also earned a host of Scotland caps from Under 16 to Under 21 level. He had featured prominently for Wolves and both Under 18 and Under 23 level, as well as making a single appearance for the first team in the EFL Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.

He played 12 times for the Cumbrians during his loan spell, bagging one goal and weighing in with three assists.

Watt believes himself to be a ‘leader’ and is quoted as saying: “I feel like I’m a leader even though I’m a young age. I’m very vocal and like to tell people what to do but in a nice way. I also like to get on the ball, make things happen and feed the ball to players who are gonna score us goals.”

Bradford had a turbulent season back in the basement division, with Gary Bowyer failing to inspire a good run of form and ultimately paying the price with his job, whilst the popular McCall came back for his third spell in charge of the club.

Our View

Bradford City are a big club, especially for the basement division. There is no surprise that a player may be attracted to them instead of a host of League One clubs. Valley Parade, or whatever they choose to call it now, is a magnificent stadium worthy of football at least two levels higher than they are currently at.

Their future battle with Bolton is a game that could once have taken place in the Premier League, yet it will feature on the same roster as Salford and Barrow this coming season. Whilst it is an indication of how far they have fallen, it also demonstrates how varied League Two is.

However, for any young player looking for regular football at that level, Bradford City are a huge draw and Watt proved in his Carlisle spell he is comfortable in senior football. If this comes off, he’ll be a great signing.

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