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Bradford City Boss has say on striker’s transfer talk

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Following reports of interest in Harry Ibbitson, Bradford City manager Graham Alexander stated that every player has a ‘price tag’.


Bradford City may have a battle to keep the attacker this summer, with reporter Alan Nixon suggesting on his Patreon page that Premier League clubs are sniffing around for him.

Ibbitson, 18, was set to make the Bantams’ bench for their next League Two games against Walsall and Barrow. However, he is expected to miss out owing to illness, which is a disappointment.

According to the Telegraph & Argus, Alexander stated: “As I said in January, every player at this level has a price tag.” This is the reality of football’s food chain. But for the time being, our goal for Harry is to continue his journey to the senior squad and see where it leads him.

“He’s obviously not in the senior squad, but his goalscoring figures and data from this season are really impressive. He has trained with us 10-15 times since January, and we like him.

“That’s why we’re disappointed that he’s ill this week.” We wanted to give him the opportunity to join the squad. We believe he needs another challenge now, but we’ll see what the future holds.”

Bradford City interest addressed by manager

It’s unfortunate that Bradford City can’t offer Ibbitson some first-team minutes in their next few encounters.

The exposure to senior football would have benefited him and shown supporters what he is all about.

He has been in excellent form for the Bantams’ Under-18s this season, under the tutelage of former Leeds United and Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn, scoring 29 goals in 29 games.

Ibbitson, who is 6ft 2inc, is expected to have a successful career in the sport. If they can keep him, Bradford City will be eager to provide him with a path into their starting lineup over the following few years.

It would be difficult for them to stand in his way if a top flight team came calling for him, and as Alexander mentioned, every player in his squad has a price, which is just part of the deal with playing in the fourth tier.

The Bantams will be eager to return to League One next year, but they must first ensure proper recruitment.

The past 12 months have been disastrous, beginning with their play-off loss against Carlisle United in the semi-finals.

They return to action this weekend against play-off contenders Walsall, hoping to finish the season on a strong note. Alexander’s team triumphed 2-1 away to Salford City last time out.

 

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