Stuart McCall is facing a vitally important summer with Bradford City, ensuring that the Bantams can bounce back from last season’s play-off final defeat to Millwall, and again challenge for promotion in Sky Bet League One next year.
Marshall, Bradford’s current player of the season, has left a gaping hole in McCall’s squad, which simply has to be filled this summer.
If Bradford and McCall are serious about mounting another challenge for promotion next season, one player they should look to sign this summer is Scunthorpe United’s Josh Morris, who showed real class during the 2016/17 campaign.
Morris scored 19 goals in League One, and also added 17 assists to that tally, making him the most influential attacking player in the division over the last 12-months.
The 25-year old has previously had a spell with Bradford, and was part of the Bantams’ squad during the 2015/16 campaign, where he struggled, scoring just once from 13 league appearances, before sealing a move to Scunthorpe.
Despite Marshall impressing at Valley Parade last season, there is no doubt that Bradford’s attack was not nearly threatening enough throughout the year and would have benefited from the quality of Morris.
Bradford have publically backed McCall already this summer, and also confirmed that funds will be available to spend, to give the Bantams the best possible chance next season.
Scunthorpe will not want to lose Morris, but Bradford should test their stance with a tempting offer for the midfielder, as the 25-year old could be the man to improve the Bantams’ attack and take McCall’s side to the next level, should he return to Valley Parade.