'He's talented' - Leeds United's Jordan Stevens fighting for Bradford City minutes with Bryce Hosannah close to return

The Whites winger is currently on loan at West Yorkshire neighbours Bradford City.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 1:13 pm
Leeds United winger Jordan Stevens. Pic: Getty
Leeds United winger Jordan Stevens. Pic: Getty

Bradford City joint-manager Conor Sellars believes 'talented' Leeds United winger Jordan Stevens must keep impressing as he fights for minutes.

The 20-year-old wide man has found game time hard to come by since making the temporary switch to Valley Parade in January.

Stevens has made just one start and seven substitutes in League Two after swapping Swindon Town for the Bantams in the winter transfer window.

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He began the campaign with the Robins and made an impressive start after scoring and bagging an assist in his first month of the season.

Stevens, though, fell down the pecking order following the arrival of head coach John Sheridan at the County Ground and sought a fresh start.

Bradford have won nine out of their last 13 outings, which has seen them surge into play-off contention and restrict opportunities after a difficult start to the season.

The Whites academy winger was again a late substitute in a 2-1 victory at Walsall last weekend, stepping off the bench for the final three minutes of the clash.

“Jordan’s a really talented player," Sellars told BBC Radio Leeds over his loan spell.

"He’s having to fight for his minutes. He’s had a few opportunities. But he’s got to keep impressing when he does come off the bench.

"What I would say is that his mentality when he does come on, often we’ve been in front in the game, he’s had to really work for the team and do his defensive part, which he’s more than happy to do.”

Fellow Leeds loanee Bryce Hosannah has been restricted to just eight league appearances for City this term due to a succession of injuries.

The 21-year-old full-back last appeared in mid-December but is finally closing in on a return to action after a prolonged hamstring problem.

"Bryce is around the two week mark," Sellars added.

"He's currently outside when the first team are training doing little bits with the physio. We're ticking him over and looking to get him back as soon as possible."