Swindon Town faces a significant cause for concern as Bradford City manager Graham Alexander hints at the possible recall of striker Jake Young to Valley Parade in January. Young, 22, embarked on a season-long loan with Swindon in the summer and has delivered outstanding performances, securing his position as League Two’s top scorer with an impressive 16 goals in 19 games. This prolific form has played a pivotal role in elevating Swindon to the periphery of playoff contention.
In stark contrast, Bradford City has experienced a challenging season, leading to the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes in October. The appointment of Graham Alexander, the former MK Dons boss, has brought about some improvement, marked by three consecutive victories in various competitions. However, the team’s lack of striking prowess remains a concern, especially if they aspire to replicate last season’s success that saw them clinch a playoff spot with a sixth-placed finish.
The irony is not lost on Alexander that the league’s top scorer is currently on Bradford’s roster. In response to the situation, Alexander acknowledges the possibility of Young rejoining the squad in the New Year. Speaking to Telegraph & Argus, Alexander highlights the multifaceted nature of player success across different clubs, citing factors such as playing style, formation, and interpersonal relationships as influential.
Alexander articulates the reality of the game, where talented players may excel at one club but face challenges at another due to various reasons. Despite potential frustrations, he emphasizes the positive aspect of witnessing their own players, like Young, thrive elsewhere. The manager expresses satisfaction in having the option to recall such players and integrate them back into the squad when deemed appropriate.
Young’s journey includes a move to Bradford from Forest Green Rovers in 2022, where he made limited appearances before a loan spell at Barrow in January of the following year. Struggling to make an impact at Barrow, Young has now found his stride at Swindon, impressively scoring in his last six outings for the club.