Derek Adams faces a selection dilemma ahead of Bradford City’s upcoming match against Bristol Rovers, as Niall Canavan returns from a recent injury.
Canavan has been absent for the previous six matches, allowing Yann Songo’o and Paudie O’Connor to earn the plaudits with recent impressive performances in centre-back.
The experienced defender has enjoyed his start to life in West Yorkshire, after joining from Devon-based side Plymouth Argyle back in January, establishing himself as a fan favourite and also earning the captaincy at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
Bradford-born Canavan began his career with Scunthorpe United, making over 170 appearances for the Irons, before enjoying spells with Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth in recent years.
Speaking to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, Bantams manager Adams addressed Canavan’s imminent return: “We have defended very well in recent weeks. Yann and Paudie playing at the back have done really well, as have those around them. They are both very good, they are quick and strong and defend one-on-one duels very well. They also communicate well which helps. Niall is getting closer and is due to be in training this week.”
Despite the fact Canavan has clear quality to make an impact in this side, it would seem questionable to break up the current partnership between Songo’o and O’Connor. With two consecutive clean sheets, the partnership is growing and the defence is looking inevitably strong.
Saying that, Canavan is a fantastic defender and Songo’o is brilliantly versatile, able to also operate in central midfield, and therefore Adams may utilise this.