League Two side Bradford City are set to beat a host of clubs in the race to sign Crystal Palace forward John-Kymani Gordon, according to journalist Alan Nixon via his Patreon.
The 20-year-old, who spent time on loan at Carlisle United in League Two last season, is set to make a loan switch to the University of Bradford Stadium for the 2023/24 campaign in a move in which Crystal Palace feel should bring him on as a footballer.
The Bantams have reportedly beaten a number of clubs in League One for the signature of Gordon, with Oxford United, Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion all taking an interest, but his move to West Yorkshire to sign for Mark Hughes’ side will most likely be the 20-year-olds best chance for playing regular football this season.
The Premier League side chose Bradford as the best club for Gordon’s development following the progress made by former Bantams loanee Scott Banks last season, in which the 21-year-old scored six goals and assisted on six occasions last season as he helped Bradford seal a place in the playoffs.
The signing of Gordon will be Bradford’s seventh signing of the summer, following on from the arrival of defenders Clarke Oduor, Ash Taylor and Daniel Oyegoke, midfielders Alex Pattison and Kevin McDonald, alongside striker Tyler Smith.
Gordon made 17 appearances for Carlisle United in the second half of last season, scoring on two occasions as he contributed towards their promotion to League One via the playoffs. The Cumbrians went on to beat Bradford City 3-2 on aggregate over two legs, before taking down Stockport County on penalties at Wembley Stadium following a 1-1 draw in a campaign in which they finished fifth in the table.
I think all summer, Bradford needed to freshen up the frontline with a player who has a bit of pace and trickery about him. Could John-Kymani Gordon be that player? Possibly.
Although they obviously have the goals of Andy Cook alongside Tyler Smith who has Championship experience, I feel like they needed another option up there. Gordon has been away and got a glimpse of what League Two football is like at Carlisle United, but a full season of playing in the EFL, alongside the management of Mark Hughes, could be a good fit for him. It worked with Scott Banks.
This is certainly one to keep an eye out on.