Whenever a lower division club signs any player from a higher league, there is a ripple of interest – that much cannot be helped. When it’s a youngster from a Premier League team, this ripple intensifies. When the player comes through the youth system of one of the top teams, then signs for your club, the ripple is felt more strongly. This is the case in being with Bradford City signing Greg Leigh, a left back from the prominent youth set up of Manchester City. Even though youngster Leigh didn’t make it as a Manchester City player, he has received a football schooling that will set him in excellent stead when playing for League One Bradford City.
It was only last summer that Sale-born Leigh was jetting out to America with Manchester City’s first team squad on their US tour. His selection for this tour was due to impressive appearances throughout 2013/14 for Patrick Viera’s Manchester City Elite Development Squad (EDS). Leigh was scouted as a youngster from local amateur side Sale United and progressed through the youth ranks at the Etihad. Leigh made 17 U21 Premier League appearances foe Patrick Viera’s EDS in 2013/14, with 16 starts and gained a reputation as a modern full back able “to prosper in the modern game” with his attacking intent. Last season, Greg Leigh was on loan to League One Crewe Alexandra and made 38 league appearances (scoring one goal and creating two goal assists), two FA Cup appearances as well as two League Cup appearances.
Greg Leigh scores for Crewe
Now, it seems that Bradford City have taken advantage of an excellent trial by the ex-Manchester City youngster and have signed him up on a one-year contract. With this signing of a once-rated Premier League youngster, just how has Twitter reacted?
Greg Leigh signs on at Valley Parade – Twitter reacts
Some are looking forward to seeing Leigh in action…
Think Leigh will be decent signing. Quick, strong & plenty of potential. 2nd choice to Meredith – Sheehan a big disappointment. #bcafc
— Gav (@BCFCGav) August 6, 2015
…others tend to agree too.
Happy with the Greg Leigh signing, a strong quick and technical full back, will give mezza a run for his money! First teamed @ Crewe #bcafc
— Stefan Mateo-Halford (@M473O) August 6, 2015
Some City fans are simply pleased at his capture…
…whilst others are sniffing something in the air.
#bcafc we now have 3 left backs with Meredith, Sheehan and Leigh. Is Sheehan on his way out ?
— Silverbantam (@silverbantam) August 6, 2015
The sentiment of some ‘ulterior motive’ seems to be a common train of thought.
Most Bantams fans on Twitter seem to be excited about the prospect of having a once highly-rated Manchester City on the books and one who is blooded in League One football after spending a full season playing at this level last year for Crewe.
featured image credit: Oddschecker (Twitter)