Michael Appleton revealed that there are no plans to permanently recall Jordan Adebayo-Smith or Alex Bradley from their loan spells, despite their involvement in last night’s squad.
Jordan is currently on loan at Boston United, where he’s appeared six times without a goal. Alex Bradley has also played six times for his loan side, he’s with National League side Harrogate and has bagged once.
Both players were permitted to return to the club last night to be a part of the squad, but both were unused subs as we went down 1-0 to Manchester United Under 21s.
After the game, I got a chance to ask the new gaffer if there were any plans to recall the pair.
“Possibly, although at this moment in time, numbers-wise in the squad, we’re still okay at the minute,” he said.
“We’ve got good people in good areas, there’s not a massive rush. I don’t want to get their hopes up too much but it was important that I brought them into the group. They train with the group and they were a part of what we did tonight.
“We’re aware of what they’re doing elsewhere, we’ve had them watched consistently and this is just another part of their development being involved in the squad tonight.”
Jordan signed his first professional contract in the summer, with Alex impressing after his release from West Brom. He played some League One football for Burton last season and has become an integral part of Harrogate’s push towards a play-off spot in the National League.
In terms of midfielders, we certainly have a few options and recalling Alex wouldn’t make a lot of sense. However, with a lack of striking options and Jordan being in and out of the Boston side, there are some who feel a recall might be a wise move.
It’s worth noting that Boston manager Craig Elliott has previously stated that there is no recall clause for the 18-year-old, who is at York Street until the New Year.