'He was excellent': Manager raves about 19-year-old Liverpool youngster after he makes loan debut on Saturday
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'He was excellent': Manager raves about 19-year-old Liverpool youngster after he makes loan debut on Saturday

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt was pleased with the performance of on-loan Liverpool right-back Conor Bradley on Saturday.

As quoted by Manchester Evening News, Evatt was happy after the Liverpool youngster made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

“I thought he was excellent, I think it was a real big test for him. I think physically now he’ll understand the demands of playing in that position for us,” said the manager.

Evatt did preach caution too, though. After praising Bradley, he suggested that he expects improvements to be made over the coming weeks and months.

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“Second half we got into some really good crossing positions and we just needed him to make that back post, but the physical energy that it takes to relentlessly do that is really challenging. He’s going to improve immensely playing regular football with us this season and we’re delighted to have him,” he said.

Bradley off and running at Bolton

For Bradley to be starting on the opening day for his temporary club is very encouraging.

The Northern Irishman had looked promising in pre-season for the Trotters and was rewarded with 90 minutes on Saturday.

He didn’t disappoint, coming tearing out of the blocks. It was Bradley who won the penalty which Aaron Morley converted to give Bolton the lead just 25 minutes into the season.

It’s normal that the physical toll of the game would then start to tell on the teenager. He has only just turned nineteen after all, and this was only his fourth start in senior club football.

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Bradley has boundless energy, though. When he learns how to channel that effectively and pace himself through games, he should have no trouble getting to grips with things.

The debut represents the next step in Bradley’s development. Hopefully he can keep his levels high and continue to play throughout the season for his new club.

Should he manage that, he’ll return to Liverpool a much more rounded player than the one that left.

His nominal replacement at Anfield, Calvin Ramsay, is yet to get on the pitch for his new club because of injury. If Bradley can continue to impress at Bolton, he could still have a long-term future at Liverpool.

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