Monday, 7 March 2011

Return of the Lilt Man?

Omar Daley is like Marmite, you either love him or you hate him, but when Peter Taylor farmed Omar Daley out on loan to Rotherham United, it appeared the flying wingers association with Bradford City was over, considering that his contract is up at the end of the season.  That may be about to change though, seeing as Peter Jackson is due to talk with Ronnie Moore (Spit) about the winger, presumably after the two sides clash on Tuesday night. If it is, as presumed, about the possibility of recalling Daley, then it is likely that City would also lose the services of Kevin Ellison, who would return to his parent club.

Both clubs had initially fared better from the deal, Daley providing two goals, scoring one and having another chalked off in his first two games for the Millers. Ellison also debuted with a Man of the Match performance which saw him score the only goal of the game against high flying Wycombe to give his new club a much needed shot in the arm. However, both players have since seemed to struggle, Daley appearing a few times from the bench, and Ellison appearing in defeats to Port Vale and Gillingham, and struggling before being taken off in the nervy last minute win against Stockport.

After his impressive debut, Ellison seems to have gone quiet. It is clear he works hard and will cover every blade of grass for the cause, but it is difficult to see what else Ellison offers the team. While Daley was admittedly infuriating, his omission from the team renders it almost paceless. There is no one in the team who can now carry the ball 60 yards in a matter of seconds leaving the team slow, predictable and easier to defend against. Granted, Daley is only a shadow of his former self since coming back from the injury that cut short his 2008/09 season, but his presence seems to still worry other defences, and on his day he can be a match winner. Oxford and both Bury games this season wouldn’t have been won without Omar’s input, a haul of points which without would see the club in the bottom two.

The Ellison-Daley swap was one of the last things Taylor did while at the club, swapping flair for fight in the ensuing relegation battle. Now Peter Jackson has come in, he may want Omar back at the club, having reverted back to the 4-4-2 formation which the team have looked more comfortable with all season. With a lack of other recognisable wingers at the club, a midfield overloaded with central players will not help Jackson if he wishes to continue to play 4-4-2. Recalling Daley would give him more options again, possibly preventing players like Syers being played out of position wide.

Of course this is all conjecture, Jackson could want to talk to Ronnie Moore (Spit), confirming that he won’t be recalling Omar, but this writer sincerely hopes it is to discuss the possibility of Daley returning to the club. It’s not long since Daley was in the news stating he is now a Bradford boy. Come home, Omar. 

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