Paudie O’Connor is having a frustrating 2018/19 campaign, with the Leeds United centre-back struggling to settle out on loan in League One and his development taking a hit.
Leeds blooded O’Connor in the first-team at Elland Road last season, with the commanding youngster dealing with the step up to senior football reasonably well.
Ultimately, he didn’t fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans in the summer and he was sent to Blackpool, but after just 17 appearances, the 21-year-old was back on the move.
Bradford City was his destination, although things haven’t changed up until now, with O’Connor involved only twice for the struggling Bantams in League One.
Of course, there’s been a major change at Bradford recently, with David Hopkin walking away from his role as the club’s manager.
As we’ve seen on numerous occasions in the past, a managerial change can often lead to fringe players working their way back into contention. O’Connor will feel this is his chance.
It remains unclear who will replace Hopkin at Bradford, but whoever that replacement is, you can bank on O’Connor, a hardworking 21-year-old, doing all he can to get himself back into contention.
He showed great desire in the first-team at Leeds last season and didn’t look out of place in the Championship.
His development has taken a hit in two difficult loan spells, but a change of management at Bradford could open the door for him to get games and start grabbing the attention of those at Elland Road once again.