‘Think we’ve made a mistake here’, ‘Didn’t make the step up’ – Bradford City fans on Shay McCartan

The Imps have pulled off a coup this afternoon, with Northern Ireland international striker Shay McCartan joining on a season long loan.

Danny is a long-term admirer of McCartan, who made his name at Accrington Stanley in 2016/17, earning himself a £200,000 move to the Bantams.

Having a player on a season long loan is a double-edged sword. If he does well in Imps colours, his price goes up and with two years to run on his current Bradford deal, we’d have to pay big money if we wanted him permanently. If he doesn’t do well, his price wouldn’t be too high, but why would we want him then?

For now though, we’ve got a good player on loan for a full season, the striker we needed twelve months ago and perhaps the striker that, had we signed him in January, could have fired us to League One. He’s another option, if Matt Green of John Akinde struggle for goals, McCartan is there to pick up the pieces. There’s also the possibility that we go 4-3-3, with Akinde central and McCartan and Green either side.

He could be used as a Matt Green alternative or replacement depending on form and fitness. The possibilities are endless, which is exactly what we needed up front. Along with Matt Rhead we now how many different facets to our attack. I know one thing, swapping Ollie Palmer for Shay McCartan and John Akinde makes our attacking option infinitely better.

Bradford City fans are divided as to whether this is a good move or not. They’re short of attacking options and with Charlie Wyke linked with a move to Sunderland, it makes the situation even more dire. Some were happy to see McCartan come to City, underlining the fact if he is a success, they’ll get a better player back in a season’s time.

Others felt he was worth a run out in claret and amber this season, lamenting their rookie manager’s choice. Either way, he’s ours now.

Here’s a selection of their responses from Twitter this evening.

Disclaimer: There was another tweet that read: “Should have sold him…. Got cash back on him… But good luck Shay enjoy come back stronger.” I haven’t used it in its entirety because instead of ‘have’ the user opted for the word ‘of’. The two are NOT interchangeable and I won’t encourage such lax use of the English language.


  1. Sure I read they have an option to recall in January? Could do with a goal drought from him in December 😉

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