Bradford City boss Mark Hughes has said he isn’t planning on making any more new additions as it stands, despite the injury to Emmanuel Osadebe, who there is a positive update on.
Bradford City have enjoyed a promising summer transfer window to date, recruiting 14 new players as part of Hughes’ squad overhaul.
All have arrived with just under a month remaining before the window slams shut too, making for an efficient and effective window at Valley Parade. Now, Hughes has commented on the possibility of further additions.
As quoted by the Telegraph and Argus, the former Manchester City and Southampton manager stated he is happy with his current options and only plans on dipping back into the market if something ‘important’ arises.
“We were keeping our options open until the end of the window,” Hughes said.
“If something came along that we felt was important then we’d look at it seriously. But I’ve still got good options even though we’re without the services of Manny.
“If I feel over the course of these next couple of games that we’re a little bit short, then I will possibly look at something that maybe presents itself.
“But at this moment in time I’m quite happy enough to go with what we’ve got and see the different combinations.”
Hughes’ mention of Osadebe comes after the summer signing suffered a double leg break in the season-opener against Doncaster Rovers. It deals a hefty blow to the Bantams and takes away one of their options in the middle of the park and out wide.
However, there is promising news on the sidelined midfielder. Osadebe, who Hughes said remains in good spirits, should return before the end of the season providing there are no complications.
The right stance to take?
Hughes has faith in his current options, and although it could be argued another winger wouldn’t go amiss, it’s understandable.
Jamie Walker, Abo Eisa, Harry Chapman, Alex Gilliead and Lee Angol can all operate on the wings, so with Osadebe, the options out wide could become quite crowded once everyone is fit.
However, injuries could become an issue. Osadebe is a long-term absentee while Abo Eisa is also sidelined, with Gilliead also missing out through a calf issue recently. If injuries persist, options could become limited, but otherwise, Hughes looks pretty well-stocked out wide.