Andrew Davies backing winger to Reach heights with Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adam Reach, left, in action for Shrewsbury against Crewe during a loan spell earlier in the season – Picture: Catherine Ivill/AMA Adam Reach, left, in action for Shrewsbury against Crewe during a loan spell earlier in the season – Picture: Catherine Ivill/AMA

New boy Adam Reach can wing it for City as Kyel Reid’s understudy.

Andrew Davies saw enough proof when the Middlesbrough youngster gave Stephen Darby a tough time earlier in the season.

The left wideman, who has joined the Bantams initially for a month, spent the first half of the campaign with Shrewsbury.

And Davies remembers him proving a real Valley Parade handful for right back Darby, who is arguably City’s most consistent performer so far.

Reach set up Shrewsbury’s early goal that game before City came back to win 2-1 – their last home victory.

Davies said: “He’s a good young player. He’s quite nimble, he’s a good height and he’s quick.

“He certainly gave Stephen Darby some trouble when we played against him. Giving Stephen a bit of a run-around is no mean feat. Not a lot of people do that.

“I was with Adam at Middlesbrough when he was younger and I went back there on loan from Stoke. Speaking to a few Boro lads, they rate him highly – Jonathan Woodgate says he’s a really talented boy.

“He’s a good player and he works hard for the team. It’s not always the case that you get both with wingers, so fingers crossed he will do a good job.

“He’s also match fit and comes into the team after playing a lot of games this season in our league. That’s important.”

Reach made 24 appearances for the Shrews, featuring in every game after joining on loan in mid-August. The 20-year-old also scored three times.

He trained with City for the first time yesterday and, with the blank weekend, should be well settled in by Preston’s visit on Tuesday.

Reach has a remarkable habit of scoring on his debut – something the Bantams could do with to end the current win drought.

He was on target on his first appearance from the Middlesbrough bench in 2011 and again on his full home debut with a screamer against Burnley, which was nominated the club’s goal of the season.

Reach marked his first cap for Peter Taylor’s England under-20s last summer by scoring against Uruguay.

And he kept up that record with another goal in his first outing in a Shrewsbury shirt to beat Swindon.

Phil Parkinson revealed he was straight on the case for a replacement once he suspected the severity of Reid’s season-ending knee injury.

“I put a call in to the chief scout at Middlesbrough straight away when I knew it was going to be quite a bad one,” he said.

“Adam knows this league and has done well at Shrewsbury. They were keen to keep him but he went back to Middlesbrough and played last week against Arsenal (under-21s).

“I feel he will be good for us and we can get him involved in things straight away.”

Parkinson also revealed there was “nothing concrete” in his continued search for a left back.

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8:31am Fri 24 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

As I said yesterday......This Kid is a REALLY GOOD PLAYER. Now "Parky"......PLEASE PLAY HIM!!!!
As I said yesterday......This Kid is a REALLY GOOD PLAYER. Now "Parky"......PLEASE PLAY HIM!!!! shaun from richmond

9:07am Fri 24 Jan 14

birbir says...

City looking at the Ross County LB

Name: Ben Gordon

Date of Birth: 02/03/1991

Place of Birth: Bradford

Height: 175cm/5’9”

Position: Left Back

Squad Number: 3

Joined Club: June 2013

Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town

Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans. birbir

9:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

Farsley Bantam says...

birbir wrote:
City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
Sounds good but it's a huge step from the SPL to League 1.
[quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.[/p][/quote]Sounds good but it's a huge step from the SPL to League 1. Farsley Bantam

10:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

birbir wrote:
City looking at the Ross County LB

Name: Ben Gordon

Date of Birth: 02/03/1991

Place of Birth: Bradford

Height: 175cm/5’9”

Position: Left Back

Squad Number: 3

Joined Club: June 2013

Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town

Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out.
[quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.[/p][/quote]You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out. Peter300

12:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

nowt fresh says...

Peter300 wrote:
birbir wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out.
"It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out"
Your one shrewed cookie Peter,no flieson you mate ;-))
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.[/p][/quote]You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out.[/p][/quote]"It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out" Your one shrewed cookie Peter,no flieson you mate ;-)) nowt fresh

12:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
birbir wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
Sounds good but it's a huge step from the SPL to League 1.
Hope that was sarcasm?

Unless they play for Celtic then every other SPL team is filled with players from League's 1 or 2. Aberdeen, 2nd in the SPL, have just signed Rooney from Oldham!! Didnt exactly set L1 on fire (7 goals in 33 games this year).
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.[/p][/quote]Sounds good but it's a huge step from the SPL to League 1.[/p][/quote]Hope that was sarcasm? Unless they play for Celtic then every other SPL team is filled with players from League's 1 or 2. Aberdeen, 2nd in the SPL, have just signed Rooney from Oldham!! Didnt exactly set L1 on fire (7 goals in 33 games this year). BradfordSportsFan

12:52pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Stevie-C says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
birbir wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.
You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out.
"It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out"
Your one shrewed cookie Peter,no flieson you mate ;-))
no flies at all, just the marks where they have been..........
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: City looking at the Ross County LB Name: Ben Gordon Date of Birth: 02/03/1991 Place of Birth: Bradford Height: 175cm/5’9” Position: Left Back Squad Number: 3 Joined Club: June 2013 Previous Clubs: Chelsea, Kilmarnock (Loan, Scunthorpe United (Loan), Peterborough United (Loan), Kilmarnock (Loan), Birmingham City (Loan), Yeovil Town Currently has six months on his contract. Bradford lad wants to come back home. After joining Chelsea as a teenager with high prospects his career has been mainly loans.[/p][/quote]You his agent? It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out.[/p][/quote]"It just shows that leaving for the bright lights of Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd doesn't always work out" Your one shrewed cookie Peter,no flieson you mate ;-))[/p][/quote]no flies at all, just the marks where they have been.......... Stevie-C

5:04pm Fri 24 Jan 14

birbir says...

There are some dumb people in Bradford.. jeez stop watching daytime tv and get a life!!
There are some dumb people in Bradford.. jeez stop watching daytime tv and get a life!! birbir

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