Mark Trueman has made two new changes to the Bradford City roster – building for the future and the present.
Whilst City fans have been calling out for a striker, the club replied on social media with the promise of their newest addition, in the form of Middlesbrough prodigy Rumarn Burrell.
The Bantams had previously ruthlessly cancelled the loan spell of Wolves attacker Austin Samuels, and have appeared to have immediately replaced him with Burrell, who like Samuels hadn’t experienced much first team football.
Burrell wasn’t hesitant throughout his youth career, starting off with Coventry City before hopping to Scunthorpe United, but as he was released by the Iron he didn’t travel far as he joined local rivals Grimsby Town. During his time at the Mariners, he broke into the first team and made just four senior appearances before Middlesbrough nabbed his services for an undisclosed fee.
New loanee Burrell possesses the qualities of a strong, pacy danger man who will look to muscle his opponents into panic or get in behind and blitz them with his speed, something which looks to be one of his main qualities.
The 20-year old has been in scintillating form in the Premier League 2, having scored 10 in 18 games last season and 4 in 11 so far. It is fast becoming apparent that Burrell needs a new challenge and has opted to make his step up back into senior football, with Bradford. But this was not before he made a short appearance off of the bench in the Boro’s recent FA Cup defeat to Brentford, so he must be part of Neil Warnock’s long term plans.
Bradford also have long term plans of their own, and showed this initiative as the club tied down youngster Finn Cousin-Dawson on a brand new three year deal, keeping the 18-year old in West Yorkshire until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Cousin-Dawson only signed his first professional contract a few months ago, and has so far made 12 appearances in all competitions. The defender has flourished since Trueman took the helm, as the youth coach was already familiar with Cousin-Dawson’s capabilities and has helped him excel in the right back role, making Bryce Hossanah’s absence seem minimal. Cousin-Dawson has also been utilised in the centre of defence and in defensive midfield, showing his versatility.
With the Bantams tying down a prodigy like Cousin-Dawson, it shows to the rest of the youth academy the upwards direction the club is heading. Giving opportunities to youngsters and rewarding them under a youth manager that understands and has worked closely with the future for years, Trueman is beginning to revolutionise the club, and has brought in a fresh breath of air to what had become toxic.