The Chalkboard: Dissecting Bradford’s January plans

Bradford City are facing a busy end to the January transfer window as head coach David Hopkin looks to put together a squad capable of staying in League One.

The Chalkboard

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Barnsley has left Bradford in 22nd position in League One, having collected just 27 points from their 27 matches this season.

The Bantams are only one point off the safety of 20th position, but it will be a battle for the club to avoid dropping down to League Two for the 2019-2020 campaign.

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Bradford had won four of their five league matches leading into the Barnsley clash, but suffered a 2-0 loss at Oakwell and must now turn their attentions to the home game against Southend United this weekend.

Bradford have not actually been in League Two since the 2012-13 campaign, but the remainder of January could have a huge say in determining whether they will be dropping down to that level once again.

Indeed, the future of key man Jack Payne is up for discussion, whilst the club will be hoping to free up some wages by shifting those not in Hopkin’s plans.

What are the main talking points?

Last week, Hopkin revealed that he was ‘quietly confident’ of being able to keep Payne for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 24-year-old is currently on loan at Valley Parade from Huddersfield Town, but the Terriers are reportedly considering recalling the talented attacker before selling him on before the end of the month.

Payne’s future is key, whilst the club have been able to add Paudie O’Connor on loan from Leeds United for the remainder of the season.

Josh Wright, Joe Riley and Alex Jones are amongst those to be told that they have no future under Hopkin, according to the Telegraph & Argus, and all three will be available for the right price this month.

Hopkin will be hoping that it is a busy end to the month for the right reasons as he looks to steer the team away from the relegation zone in England’s third tier.