Should Bradford City Re-Sign Romoney Crichlow? – Opinion

Peterborough United look set to cash in on defender Romoney Crichlow after just one season after being listed for transfer by the League One club.

Posh released their retained list with the 24-year-old defender listed as available for a transfer along with five other players after a season which saw Darren Ferguson’s side slip up in the play-off semi-finals for the second season in a row.

With Crichlow’s exit seemingly inevitable, should former side Bradford City look to bring the Luton-born defender back to the club?

Following his successful loan spell at Valley Parade in the 2022/23 season which saw The Bantams reach the League Two playoffs, Crichlow was released by parent club Huddersfield Town and was quickly snatched up by the London Road club on a two-year deal.

But his time in Cambridgeshire was very underwhelming, playing just 800 minutes over 22 games across their league campaign, recording only two clean sheets that came in his first two games for the club.

It was not the first time the centre-back struggled to adapt to League One, after making only two appearances for Plymouth Argyle during the 2021/22 season following a spell at Swindon Town for the opening months of that campaign.

With City losing Jonathan Tomkinson as he returns to Norwich City as well as Daniel Oyegoke heading back to Brentford as their loan spells end, perhaps returning to their former player could fill the void left by the pair.

Bradford have changed since Crichlow’s departure last summer, with Mark Hughes being replaced by former MK Dons boss Graham Alexander who has changed the formation from a four-back to a five-back.

But he should be able to fit in well with his former partners Sam Stubbs and Matty Platt and will offer the mobility needed at the back that Tomkinson employed for the Yorkshire club last season.

Crichlow made 41 appearances in Claret and Amber two seasons ago, scoring once in a crucial match against Northampton Town in the run-in. He recorded 14 clean sheets and made 48 interceptions across the campaign.

Whilst it was rumoured that following on from his time at Bradford City he did not want to play in the fourth tier again, perhaps moving back down to that level in a more familiar environment could assist him getting back to the level he displayed whilst he was there.

Reinforcements are needed over the summer, with only three centre-backs in Stubbs, Ash Taylor and Ciaran Kelly currently contracted for next season, with Platt being offered a new deal. They also lack a left-footed defender like Crichlow in the squad, so adding him to the ranks can offer more strength on what is City’s weaker flank.

A sticking point could be a transfer fee between the two clubs as Posh seeks to cash out on the year left on his contract, with the 24-year-old currently valued at £150,000 by Transfermarkt. If the League Two club are willing to spend on a new centre-back this summer, pursuing a tried and tested option in Romoney Crichlow could keep them on track to get back into the play-off places or even higher by the end of next season.

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Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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