The Bradford City winger has been earning the plaudits of just about everyone so far this season with a degree of consistency, awareness and generosity in his play that has previously been lacking.
Last season teams came up against an Omar Jekyll or Hyde as whilst impressing in the first half of the season his confidence took a dive after Christmas (and the departure of Donovan Ricketts).
Whatever Stuart McCall has done over the summer has had the impact of effectively signing us a new player as his overall contribution to the side has improved dramatically.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus Stuart said ‘he`s looking a threat all the time, Omar`s been working hard at his game, both with his strong points and the weak ones and it`s paying off.
Look at how many games when the right back has been pulled off. It`s very rare that you take a full back off and it`s happening numerous times so that shows what Omar can do.’
Out of five league games, three right backs haven’t lasted the full 90 (meaning that Paul Arnison is not the only experienced right back to be given a torrid afternoon by a left winger and perhaps going some way to dampen criticism directed at the former Carlisle man). With Exeter recently selling hot prospect George Friend to Wolves for £500,000 it may be tempting for Stuart to give Omar Daley a run out on the right wing to rip into their replacement left-back.
But does Joe Colbeck deserve to be switched to a flank where he is less effective, or to be dropped for Kyle Nix. Adding to that dilemma is the return to fitness of Chris Brandon who most would have expected to walk into the side when his signing was announced.
The biggest problem standing between the pitch and the player given the number 11 shirt is the fact that Omar Daley has been producing an all-round consistency, not just an attacking flair. Stuart McCall continued ‘we tell him that instead of getting the ball and just crossing it in all the time, keep going at the full back and run them, which is what he did.’
And Stuart is aware that should Omar continue to terrorise League Two (an inexplicable omission from the Team of the Week aside) then he may generate some interest when the transfer window reopens as he concluded ‘we know what Omar is capable of and if, come January, other people are sniffing around that means he has been keeping his consistency up. But he`s happy at this club, he gets well treated and he is enjoying his football here.’
The question therefore is how much we would be prepared to accept for Omar Daley. People have suggested we should leap at the chance to take £200,000 but personally I would be hoping for at the very least twice that amount to get me thinking about letting him go. There’s no doubt in my mind that if Stuart, Jakes and Wethers get to manage Omar for longer that we will continue to see the benefits on the pitch.
With his current application and desire there’s nothing stopping him making a transition up the leagues.
As with the rest of the team things are looking good but as with the rest of the team we know that there’s more to come.
Keep it up Omar
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