Blair Turgott admits Bradford City loan will help him ‘man up’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Blair Turgott in action for City during his senior debut on Friday night Blair Turgott in action for City during his senior debut on Friday night

Rising England star Raheem Sterling is backing pal Blair Turgott to come of age at Valley Parade.

Striker Sterling was catapulted into Roy Hodgson’s side less than a year after making his Liverpool debut – and he is confident Turgott can propel his own career during his loan stint with the Bantams.

The 18-year-old West Ham winger made his senior debut in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford in the FA Cup and showed plenty of promise.

Turgott, who is seven months older than Sterling, said: “I’m good friends with Raheem and we speak all the time.

“We were on the phone again last week and he was saying how important being on loan will be for me.

“It’s always good to play in a first-team environment and gain that experience. It’s something good on your CV.

“I’m at a good age now and feel I’m ready to be playing. You see how well Raheem has done. When I get to 19, I want to have some games under my belt.”

Turgott has been with West Ham for ten years and admits he has stepped out of his comfort zone but he believes it is a necessary move.

He said: “It’s something you have to do as a footballer. West Ham is all I know but it’s not always going to be an easy route.

“Coming up here is a great experience for me and I’ve got to man up a bit going away from home.

“When I first came, I didn’t even know where the local petrol station was. But it’s all part of the learning process.

“Staying in a different area and being away from familiar territory are things that are going to help me in life and not just football.

“It’s a big, big club which is very attractive and I’m really enjoying the chance to join in.”

Phil Parkinson has already tapped into the West Ham wing academy with Kyel Reid and Zavon Hines. Seeing familiar faces at the club has helped England under-19 international Turgott settle in fast.

“I knew them both from before and was quite good friends with Zavon when he was there,” he said.

“It helps to have people you already know around the training ground. But to be fair, everyone has been very friendly and made me welcome.

“There is a real buzz around the place. Right down to the youth team boys, they are all in a good mood.

“But the manager has to keep people’s feet on the floor to keep the run going.

“It’s completely different to England because you’re playing for three points every week, fans are screaming your name or booing you.

“You have to get used to everything that’s in the territory of being a footballer. England helps but there’s so much more to learn.”

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10:00am Mon 3 Dec 12

CheltCityFan says...

I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads.
I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads. CheltCityFan
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5:14pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Waynus1971 says...

CheltCityFan wrote:
I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads.
Well done to the boys that played Friday night and for PP for making that triple substitution. However, I must hold my hat up to you too. Coming so far on a Friday night in bitterly cold temperatures for an FA Cup match is applaudable. I hope you have now defrosted.

Turgott, as you posted, started off brightly and was getting plenty of ball. I remember the first half cross you described and it was a peach. More of those and Hanson & Wells will score loads.

As impressed as I was with Hanson last Friday night, I was equally disappointed with Connell. He just never seemed to get into the game (which is okay as it doesn't always 'click' in every game), but where was his workrate? Whenever there was a City forward chasing down the keeper or defender, it was Hanson. The fella must have been shattered. I hope his little 'un isn't breaking up his sleep.

Somebody (on another forum) said that it was Meredith's worst performance in a City shirt. I'm assuming they weren't taking the quality of attacking forward he was up against, into consideration. Their right-winger looked a decent baller and Meredith did okay to keep him out, particularly as there were often 3 attackers to our 2.

Well done boys - let's now KO Port Vale and then turn our full attention to the weekend.
[quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads.[/p][/quote]Well done to the boys that played Friday night and for PP for making that triple substitution. However, I must hold my hat up to you too. Coming so far on a Friday night in bitterly cold temperatures for an FA Cup match is applaudable. I hope you have now defrosted. Turgott, as you posted, started off brightly and was getting plenty of ball. I remember the first half cross you described and it was a peach. More of those and Hanson & Wells will score loads. As impressed as I was with Hanson last Friday night, I was equally disappointed with Connell. He just never seemed to get into the game (which is okay as it doesn't always 'click' in every game), but where was his workrate? Whenever there was a City forward chasing down the keeper or defender, it was Hanson. The fella must have been shattered. I hope his little 'un isn't breaking up his sleep. Somebody (on another forum) said that it was Meredith's worst performance in a City shirt. I'm assuming they weren't taking the quality of attacking forward he was up against, into consideration. Their right-winger looked a decent baller and Meredith did okay to keep him out, particularly as there were often 3 attackers to our 2. Well done boys - let's now KO Port Vale and then turn our full attention to the weekend. Waynus1971
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6:07pm Mon 3 Dec 12

COLATS says...

I'm sure I read about two weeks ago that Reid and Hines were both two weeks away from returning??? I make that about now! Anyone heard owt?
I'm sure I read about two weeks ago that Reid and Hines were both two weeks away from returning??? I make that about now! Anyone heard owt? COLATS
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7:50pm Mon 3 Dec 12

KnightMcCall says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
CheltCityFan wrote:
I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads.
Well done to the boys that played Friday night and for PP for making that triple substitution. However, I must hold my hat up to you too. Coming so far on a Friday night in bitterly cold temperatures for an FA Cup match is applaudable. I hope you have now defrosted.

Turgott, as you posted, started off brightly and was getting plenty of ball. I remember the first half cross you described and it was a peach. More of those and Hanson & Wells will score loads.

As impressed as I was with Hanson last Friday night, I was equally disappointed with Connell. He just never seemed to get into the game (which is okay as it doesn't always 'click' in every game), but where was his workrate? Whenever there was a City forward chasing down the keeper or defender, it was Hanson. The fella must have been shattered. I hope his little 'un isn't breaking up his sleep.

Somebody (on another forum) said that it was Meredith's worst performance in a City shirt. I'm assuming they weren't taking the quality of attacking forward he was up against, into consideration. Their right-winger looked a decent baller and Meredith did okay to keep him out, particularly as there were often 3 attackers to our 2.

Well done boys - let's now KO Port Vale and then turn our full attention to the weekend.
Can't believe anyone would criticise Meredith for Friday night. He was trying to cover a young centre back who made a couple of howlers in the first half as well as doing his own job.

Agree about Connell; he just couldn't get into it. He is a talented player but not really fast enough to be playing as the nimble striker trying to get onto Hanson's flick ons.

Turgott looked good. Very positive on the ball but didn't look phased and was willing to track back or look for a pass. Good did OK but showed his inexperience.

Can't help thinking we would have won the game with our best 11 from the start but PP will have his reasons.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: I thought Blair looked very pacy and lively on Friday and could be a good acquisition if he keeps this up. He had the beating of the full back early on but, after City's good opening when Brentford barely crossed the half way line in the first 18 minutes, he did not get enough of the ball with Brentford coming back strongly. In the second half, I don't think we used him enough as an outlet on the wing but he always looked promising, if understandably a little raw, when he got the ball. Towards the end he came off the wing and played almost as a third striker. I would like to see him play again and be given more of the ball with licence to beat his man and cross it. One cross in the first half on Friday was delightful and just inches too far in front of Hanson. Like others on here, I think we do not get enough crosses in front of Hanson for him to move onto. Just like to say well done to both sides for an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, and even the officials did a decent job. I enjoyed the match, even though I paid for it on Saturday when I couldn't get warm all day after sitting in sub zero temperatures for two hours, getting home just before 1.00am. Well done to the lads.[/p][/quote]Well done to the boys that played Friday night and for PP for making that triple substitution. However, I must hold my hat up to you too. Coming so far on a Friday night in bitterly cold temperatures for an FA Cup match is applaudable. I hope you have now defrosted. Turgott, as you posted, started off brightly and was getting plenty of ball. I remember the first half cross you described and it was a peach. More of those and Hanson & Wells will score loads. As impressed as I was with Hanson last Friday night, I was equally disappointed with Connell. He just never seemed to get into the game (which is okay as it doesn't always 'click' in every game), but where was his workrate? Whenever there was a City forward chasing down the keeper or defender, it was Hanson. The fella must have been shattered. I hope his little 'un isn't breaking up his sleep. Somebody (on another forum) said that it was Meredith's worst performance in a City shirt. I'm assuming they weren't taking the quality of attacking forward he was up against, into consideration. Their right-winger looked a decent baller and Meredith did okay to keep him out, particularly as there were often 3 attackers to our 2. Well done boys - let's now KO Port Vale and then turn our full attention to the weekend.[/p][/quote]Can't believe anyone would criticise Meredith for Friday night. He was trying to cover a young centre back who made a couple of howlers in the first half as well as doing his own job. Agree about Connell; he just couldn't get into it. He is a talented player but not really fast enough to be playing as the nimble striker trying to get onto Hanson's flick ons. Turgott looked good. Very positive on the ball but didn't look phased and was willing to track back or look for a pass. Good did OK but showed his inexperience. Can't help thinking we would have won the game with our best 11 from the start but PP will have his reasons. KnightMcCall
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8:52pm Mon 3 Dec 12

bcfc1903 says...

Looking forward to seeing Turgott...from what i've heard he's showing promise.. as is Good. Obviously the conditions didn't help defenders..especiall
y two from Australia but the Aussie lads by the accounts i've heard handled it well.

**
We shout with pride...we never hide....Claret and Amber.
Looking forward to seeing Turgott...from what i've heard he's showing promise.. as is Good. Obviously the conditions didn't help defenders..especiall y two from Australia but the Aussie lads by the accounts i've heard handled it well. ** We shout with pride...we never hide....Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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