Bradford City moved into the automatic promotion spots in League Two after their 2-1 victory over Morecambe this weekend.
The Bantams will be looking to return to League One at the first time of asking following last season’s relegation from the third tier.
Gary Bowyer’s men have started the 2019-20 season brightly, sitting third and established firmly as one of the promotion favourites.
An influx of summer signings including Clayton Donaldson, James Vaughan and Ben Richards-Everton have already established themselves in City’s team as they push for promotion.
Let’s take a look at two players who are hot and who are not at Valley Parade during this early stage of the season…
Hot – Ben Richards-Everton
Richards-Everton arrived at Valley Parade from Accrington Stanley on a free transfer. The former Tamworth man has so far made nine league appearances and chipping in a goal for the Bantams and is quickly establishing himself as ever present in the Bradford back line.
Richards-Everton has missed the Bantams last four league games due to injury and the West Yorkshire side have yet to keep a clean sheet in his absence.
Gary Bowyer will be hoping Richards-Everton will return to the side soon, and sure up the back four whilst the forwards continue their impressive goal scoring run.
Hot – James Vaughan
Another summer arrival who is impressing at Valley Parade is James Vaughan. Vaughan arrived from Wigan on a free transfer and brings to the Bradford side a wealth of EFL experience.
He is so far the club’s top scorer with three goals in nine appearances. He has never been the most prolific scorer but he does add fire power to Bradford’s front line, and add only 31 will provide maturity and leadership to the squad.
Vaughan will be likely to continue his goal scoring form, and if he stays fit will be ever present in City’s quest for promotion.
Not – Clayton Donaldson
Another signing that has bought experience into the Valley Parade dressing room. The former Bolton man has features in all 12 games and scored two goals. Donaldson has never really lived up to his early career scoring form but some would think he would offer a little more fire power in League Two for his home town club.
If the Gary Bowyer can get him firing then Bradford fans can be seriously optimistic about a return to League One. His hold up play as ever has been good for City but he should be looking to increase his goal scoring tally.
Not – Jamie Devitt
Devitt arrived on loan from Blackpool has only managed to feature twice for the Bantams this season. In his two games he has failed to score or create a goal for the Bantams.
Although playing time is limited he may need to take his chances more often than not in order to stake a regular claim in Gary Bowyer’s starting XI.
City have a lot of squad players like Devitt who are struggling to establish a place in the starting XI. Devitt has made 262 League Two appearances and his experience will be vital to City’s success this season if he can nail down a regular place.