By Amir Mir
Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner looks set to make a deadline day switch to Bradford, according to a report
HITC Sports claim that the 20-year-old defender will make a loan move to the League One promotion chasers.
It is said that Bantams manager Stuart McCall was impressed with the highly-rated youngster during his loan stint at Walsall earlier on in the season.
Toner has played four games for Villa, all of those appearances coming at the back end of last season when the Midlands side were a Premier League outfit.
Steve Bruce currently has four senior centre-backs to choose from in James Chester, Nathan Baker, Tommy Elphick and Micah Richards – the latter has not played since October.
HITC report that Toner is way down the pecking order at Villa Park under Bruce’s first-team plans and that he would benefit from experiencing first-team football.
Football Insider verdict:
This is a wise move from Villa as Toner would not have featured for the first team this season. The likes of Chester, Baker and Elphick are ahead of him in the pecking order and him gaining valuable experience will help both the club and the individual. During his time at Walsall, the highly-rated youngster impressed and he will be looking to do the same for Bradford. Toner may well become a pivotal part of the Yorkshire club securing promotion to the Championship, with his parent club currently sitting in mid-table in the second-tier. If Toner can come out of this spell successful, then there is no doubt that in the coming seasons, just like fellow academy graduate and first teamer Baker, he too can play regularly for the senior team.
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