Swindon Town response as Bradford City weighs up recall for the 22-year-old loanee…

Swindon Town’s loanee Jake Young is reportedly being considered for a recall to parent club Bradford City, prompting speculation about potential replacements for the 22-year-old attacker. Since joining Swindon Town on loan from a fellow League Two side in the summer, Young has made a significant impact, netting an impressive 16 goals across all competitions.

In recent reports, Swindon Town responded positively to Bradford’s recall of the youngster.

If Young does make a winter return to Valley Parade, Swindon Town manager Michael Flynn may need to explore alternative options to bolster the team’s attacking prowess. Three potential replacements could be considered:

Cole Stockton:

Despite a less successful summer move to Burton Albion, Stockton is a proven goal scorer in the Football League. The 29-year-old forward scored 59 goals in 178 appearances for Morecambe, making him an attractive option for Swindon if they can convince him to drop down a league.

Harry Caldwell:

Formerly associated with Reading and Grimsby Town, Caldwell has been a pivotal figure for Southend United in recent times. With 22 goals in 62 outings for the National League side, including 12 this season, the 2020 absence from the Football League may not diminish his potential impact. Swindon could take a calculated gamble on Caldwell to enhance their attacking options in the second half of the campaign.

Jonathan Afolabi:

A promising 23-year-old player with a bright future, Afolabi has impressed while playing for Bohemians. In the League of Ireland’s 2023 season, he found the net 20 times in 40 matches, attracting attention and potentially making him a valuable asset for Swindon. Previously associated with Southampton and Celtic, Afolabi’s goal-scoring abilities make him a candidate to reinforce Swindon Town’s attacking lineup.

As Swindon Town weighs its options amid the possibility of Jake Young’s recall, these three potential replacements could offer varied skill sets and goal-scoring capabilities to maintain the team’s attacking threat in the second half of the season.


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