Whelan Exclusive: Leeds defender told to up his game after sealing loan move
Noel Whelan has called on Jordan Stevens to set League Two alight after securing a loan move from Leeds United to Bradford City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker believes the versatile young defender, 20, must make a big impact at the Yorkshire club after a mixed spell at Swindon Town in the first half of the campaign.
Bradford confirmed last week they had signed Stevens temporarily after Leeds had recalled him from Swindon.
📰 BREAKING NEWS | We are delighted to announce the signing of Jordan Stevens – on loan from @LUFC!
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) January 8, 2021
The wide man, who can play right-back or right midfield, had pushed for a return to Yorkshire after failing establish himself in League One.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s got to come good at Bradford where it’s a lot closer to home, he might feel a lot more comfortable playing at Bradford City and being in his own surroundings and home.
“People want to see leaders out there and when you come from big clubs you’ve got to make an impact, you’ve got to be that player, you’ve got to show why you’re at a big club going down to a Swindon – no disrespect – but you should be standing out in teams like that, being the one that is forcing the game of football in 90 minutes.
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“I think the biggest part of being a football player is how far do you want to go? How far do you want to push yourself?
“How much do you want to put into a training session, how much do you want to put into a game, what are you going to leave on the field?
“Because you can never get 90 minutes back and you’re supposed to be out there impressing in every 90 minutes that you get and every training session you have.”
Stevens, 20, has played six times for Leeds and added to his experience with 15 Swindon appearances.