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232 duels won: The Bradford City man shouldering the weight of expectation so far this season

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Bradford City have made a relatively strong start to this year’s league campaign, with Gary Bowyer’s side currently sat seventh in the fourth tier standings. 

It’s a closely-fought battle for promotion this season in League Two, with the Bantams just five points adrift of league leaders Swindon Town heading into the festive period.

Bradford will have to deal with the weight of expectation on their shoulders, as they suffered a disappointing relegation from League One last season, which was a campaign that everyone associated with the club will want to forget at the earliest of opportunities.

One man that seems as though he’s going to have to shoulder that weight of expectation is James Vaughan, who has been impressive in their opening 18 league games so far.

He’ll be hoping he can build on some strong performances as the Bantams head into the hectic festive set of fixtures, which could go a long way in deciding which direction their season heads in.

In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Vaughan’s statistics so far this season for Gary Bowyer’s side, and see how big of a part he has to play in their promotion bid in League Two this season.

Bradford haven’t been as clinical as many would have originally predicted during pre-season, and Bowyer’s men have hit 26 league goals so far this term.

Vaughan has been their main attacking outlet this season though, with the 31-year-old having six goals to his name in all competitions.

He’s clearly getting in the right positions as well, with the former Sunderland forward having 70 touches in the opposition box so far this season, and he’ll be keen to get the adequate service from his Bradford team-mates for the remainder of this year’s campaign.

Vaughan is a tricky player to come up against, as he’s a striker that has played at a higher level than what he’s currently at, with the forward being fouled 40 times already this season.

With the striker winning 232 duels in total as well, it’s clear to see that this is a strength of his that he’ll be keen to add to as the season goes on.

One area that there is room for improvement though is the amount of shots Vaughan has on target so far this season. In total, he has only had 21 shots in total that have hit the target, which doesn’t make the best of reading, baring in mind he has 1597 minutes of action under his belt.

He’ll have to be more clinical in front of goal if Bradford are to stay in touch with the promotion-chasing sides in League Two, starting with a strong performance against Newport County this weekend.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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