Premier League quartet after Bury youngsters

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton are ready to swoop for defender Jordan Bedeau, 17, and forward Callum Styles, 16, who have both broken into League One side Bury’s first team this season, according to ESPN.

The pair are enjoying their first taste of consistent first team football action this campaign at Manchester based club Bury in League One.

Both Bedeau and Styles have broken into Bury’s first team in recent weeks and their emergence has put a number of the Premier League’s big guns on high alert.

Bedeau, a 17-year-old centre-back, has featured in Bury’s last six games, while forward Styles has started in the Shakers last three League One matches.

Last season Callum Styles made history when he became the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Football League when he came on for the last 15 minutes of their final game against Southend United. However the youngster was later embroiled in controversy as the Shakers were then deducted three points by the Football League authorities as Styles had not been properly registered by back room staff for the encounter.

With four of the biggest teams in the country already on the case, struggling Bury are bracing themselves for a double swoop for the pair and reluctantly admit that the youngsters will be moving up the football ladder in the near future.

All four Premier League sides sent scouts to watch the pair in their most recent League One match, a 3-1 loss at home to leaders Sheffield United.

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Josh Cullen staying with the Bantams for the season

Bradford City have announced that on-loan West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen will remain at the club for the rest of the season.

The West Ham youngster has spent the last season with the Bantams after originally joining on loan from the Hammers in February 2016. During that time Cullen has become a firm fan favourite at Valley Parade.

The 20 year old box to box midfielder recently voiced his desire to stay with the club for the remainder of the season.

Making 22 appearances for the club so far this term, the central midfielder has been a main stay in boss Stuart McCall’s starting XI during his stay with the West Yorkshire outfit. Despite only scoring on one occasion this term for the Bantams, his work ethic and desire on the pitch has seen him rise to be one of the best players  at the club.

The extension of the deal will further cover any additional matches Bradford City may play in the League One play-offs should they qualify come the end of the season.

In a short statement by the club, Bradford City admitted that they were “delighted to be able to confirm that midfielder Josh Cullen has extended his loan deal at the Northern Commercials Stadium from parent club West Ham United.”

Boss Stuart McCall stated after his sides 2-1 win at Northampton on Saturday that the deal to extend Cullen’s stay at the club was important. Speaking to media he added “We need to sort out Josh (Cullen’s loan) first but I’ll leave that up to the owners. I’m sure we’ll have meeting after meeting this week.”

Wednesday and Wolves share the spoils

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Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Hillsborough. Wolves will feel like they should have taken all three points though, hitting the post and bar and having a clear penalty appeal turned down. 

Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal made 5 changes coming into this match up with Wolves. Captain Glenn Loovens was a notably absentee, rested after the Owls New Years Eve draw away at Preston. Palmer, Pudil, Wallace and Nuhiu were the other ones to miss out with Hunt, Sasso, McManaman, Lee and Forestieri coming into the starting XI.

Callum McManaman, brought in on loan from Premier League side West Brom in the week made his first start for the club.

Wolves boss Paul Lambert too rang the changes with Connor Ronan, Joe Mason and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson coming into the starting line up for Ivan Cavaleiro, Bright Enobakhare and Nouha Dicko.

The first real chance of the match fell to the home side as Barry Bannan’s free kick was met by the head of centre back Vincent Sasso who saw his effort acrobatically’ tipped over the bar by Wolves ‘keeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down in the 16th minute as Joe Mason was brought down in the box but referee Simon Hooper decided the ball was played.

The Owls went close again soon enough as shot stopper Ikeme struggled to hold onto a deflected Steven Fletcher effort before blocking Fernando Forestieri’s on target rebound.

Wolves again had another strong penalty appeal turned down by referee Hooper as Westwood looked to have clearly felled Matt Doherty in the box. A decision that boss Paul Lambert clearly felt aggrieved by stating in his post-match press conference “how that wasn’t given was incredible – it was a stonewaller.”

Wanderers should have had the lead in the 40th minute. A cross clipped in from out wide saw a Jon Bodvarsson flick hitting the underside of the Wednesday cross bar. Joe Mason followed up but from just a few yards out managed to balloon his effort over the bar much to the delight of those Wednesday fans sat in the Kop. A possible miss of the season!!

The visitors started the second half brighter as Mason crashed a shot against the post from just outside the area after a mistake from Owls right back Jack Hunt.

Defender Matt Doherty also saw an effort blocked on the line by Wednesday defender Adam Reach as Wolves went in search of a goal to break the deadlock at Hillsborough early on in the second half.

Wednesday struggled to hold the ball for the first 20 minutes of the second half and looked void of any creativity as Wolves looked threatening. Joe Mason with another effort for the Wanderers after going through one on one with Westwood, the Wednesday stopper again thwarting the Midlands side forward.

The Owls had a huge penalty appeal of their own turned down in the 81st minute as Lucas Joao’s attempt was blocked by Wolves’ Richard Stearman, a decision that would have been harsh on the visitors due to Stearman’s close proximity to the Portuguese forward.

Neither side had any other notable chances in the last 10 minutes.

Wolves will feel like they should have left Hillsborough with all three points but Wednesday held on to leave the home side in 6th place and the play-offs whilst the visitors stay in 16th place in the table.

Man of the match: Connor Ronan

Connor Ronan, still only 18 and making his first start for the Midlands outfit, had an eye catching run out at Hillsborough. Always looking to get forward, the winger took on his man on several occasions and offered excitement for the travelling Wolves supporters.

Marc McNulty heads back to Bramall Lane

Forward Marc McNulty has left Valley Parade after Chris Wilder and Sheffield United activated the recall clause on his season long loan deal with the Bantams.

The forward, who was largely used as a back up option by Stuart McCall at Bradford, has being recalled by Wilder after Blades striker Leon Clarke suffered an injury over the New Years period.

The striker made 16 appearances for Bradford during his stay in West Yorkshire, starting 6 of those but only scored once during that time.

The departure of McNulty leaves City needing another striking option up front with fans voicing their displeasure at the lack of goal scoring by the Bantams so far this term.