Bradford City: I would have signed Wells in a flash, says former Wolves boss Saunders (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City: I would have signed Nahki Wells in a flash, says former Wolves boss Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders is surprised Nahki Wells is still at City – and revealed that he wanted to take him to Wolves.
Wells is currently the top goalscorer in the whole country after his weekend double took his early tally to nine, one ahead of Huddersfield’s James Vaughan and Callum Wilson of Coventry.
The Bermudian’s red-hot run stretches back to the end of last season. He has netted 17 times in 16 games since April 6, only missing out on the scoresheet on three occasions.
Former City striker Saunders believes that hanging on to Wells after winning promotion has been crucial for the club.
Saunders admitted he would have made a move to try to lure him to Molineux in the summer – but was sacked as soon as Wolves were relegated to League One.
He said: “I would have had a go for Wells this year if I’d still been at Wolves, definitely.
“Managing to keep hold of him shows what ambition the club have got. Bradford have a bit of momentum building and it’s so important that they have kept their best players this season. That’s what it’s all about. If you’ve got good strikers, you’re in business.”
City rejected an offer from Peterborough in June but, despite speculation linking Wells with Championship leaders QPR, there were no late takers before the transfer window shut.
Saunders added: “I’m surprised but the club have refused bids for him and good for them. The spirit in the camp has got them results.
“(James) Hanson is doing a good job with Wells and if you play the front two the right way, they will cause problems for anybody.
“They have done that – you saw the problems they caused (Aston) Villa.”
Saunders, famous for scoring City’s first goal in the Premiership, was back at Valley Parade for the One in a Million charity game to play against the 1999 team that had clinched promotion to the top flight.
And the Welshman is delighted to see the club’s present revival after spending over a decade in the doldrums.
He added: “I was fortunate to only play for the club in the Premiership and I’m pleased that they are on their way back. I’ve been watching the decline for so long.
“Phil Parkinson has come in the last couple of years and done a great job. Last season was brilliant and the club are climbing back at last.
“I feel sorry for the supporters because they’ve had so many years since we were doing really well. They are great fans at a great club, which probably needs to get back in the Championship.
“I was pleased to come back to the stadium and get the chance to run around that pitch again. You forget what it’s like to play football.
“It was for a good cause. We’ve all got children and been lucky in what we’ve done, so it’s nice if we can give something back.”
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