CITY want another targetman in January to share the load with Charlie Wyke.

The club are already assessing potential areas to strengthen in the mid-season transfer window.

High on that list will be another physical striker who can compete directly with top scorer Wyke.

Bantams boss Stuart McCall said: "We've got to be honest about it. We've got all different types of centre forwards, some are similar but nobody else is a physical target man.

"It would be good if Charlie plays every game but that's an area we've been in discussion about all season.

"We don't want players thinking they are an automatic pick and Charlie knows we've got good strikers here.

"But we haven't got another number nine if you like, a la (Steven) Davies or (Jamie) Proctor to an extent when James Hanson had them to support him.

"You don't need a 6ft 6in giant but just a bit of physicality and aerial strength.

"We looked at that in the summer but a couple of people we went for got taken by other clubs.

"Even last Saturday, Charlie had not been well for a couple of days during the week and we thought about (making a change) an hour in.

"But we looked at the bench and while there were other strikers, there was nobody who could go up there and play that physical role."

Wyke will lead the line again this afternoon, hoping that an FA Cup first-round win over Chesterfield can lead to a glamour tie that has so far eluded him.

The striker notched the first of his three career hat-tricks two years ago when Carlisle thrashed non-League opponents Welling 5-0 in the competition.

But he sat out the televised clash with Everton in the next round, having already missed a League Cup trip to Liverpool earlier that season.

"Missing them was a blow and it would be great to have another crack at a big team with Bradford," said Wyke.

"Anfield was a big one to miss. I travelled with the team and it was a great day for the club – we drew 1-1 and only lost on penalties.

"But it was a hard feeling in the build-up. I knew I wouldn't play because I had fractured my foot three weeks before. Liverpool played a full strength team but that is how it can be in football.

"Everton was a bit different, as we lost 3-0 at home. I was on the bench but didn't get on. But neither did (Romelu) Lukaku – I tell everyone that neither of us were needed!

"I'm sure there will be opportunities in the future. But first we have to get through the first round and take a step closer to possibly facing any of the big boys."

McCall and Kenny Black sat down with chairman Edin Rahic and head of recruitment Greg Abbott before the FA Youth Cup game on Tuesday to discuss their January strategy.

But the City boss admitted things can change in the two months before the window reopens.

Five of the current squad – loanees Alex Gilliead, Tom Field and Luke Hendrie, as well as keeper Lukas Raeder and centre half Lachlan Barr – are only contracted until then.

McCall said: "We have to look at them first and then the areas we feel we'd like to strengthen.

"We're always looking and speaking to agents to see who might be available. Greg compiles lists so that we are ready.

"But discussing it now, you can't make any definite decisions. There is a lot of football to be played between now and then.

"Someone might come in the side and do well, so we don't need to look at that position. Or you might get an offer like we did for (Matt) Kilgallon from India. You've always got to be prepared."