Date: 14th August 2008 at 12:09pm
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Rumours are flying about Bradford City’s Chilean and his happiness at the club as he wasn’t even included in the squad on Tuesday night.

And the whispers got louder when after the game Stuart McCall said that a representative of Billy’s, who actually wasn’t his agent, told him that the £35,000 signing was unhappy.

Now the reports have been given further credence after the Telegraph and Argus confirmed that Stuart McCall will today sit down with the South American to ‘clear up speculation that the striker is unhappy at the club’.

These reports seem to have generated a violent backlash amongst Bradford City’s online communities.

We seem to have two camps. On the one hand are the ‘if he’s unhappy, and doesn’t want to play for the club then offload him, what quality has he shown anyway?’

Whilst there is the other side of the coin that says ‘wouldn’t you be unhappy if, after showing the footballing talent you had, you still found yourself behind Barry Conlon in the pecking order?’

If we wanted to take a simply statistical approach to things then yes, in his few appearances for the club the striker has not scored a goal. But, Carlos Tevez took 19 games to get his first goal for West Ham and obviously he’s a lot better.

And in those games is it not true that Billy has been head and shoulders above his team mates in terms of his footballing awareness, touches and ability to create space for himself and others?

His season last year was delayed for a long time by red tape and then cut short by his injury but at the same time it seems Stuart has been reluctant to involve the Chilean in his favoured attacking position.

Furthermore, with the signing of Michael Boulding and the nod given to Barry Conlon both on Saturday and then Tuesday what must Billy Topp be thinking about his opportunities.

He has come a long way from home, and is clearly suffering from homesickness, to play football for Bradford City. He is good enough to do so, arguably better than those seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order but doesn’t appear to be being given a chance.

Of course all this does is foster further rumours that Stuart McCall never wanted to bring him to the club, that his was a signing from above and that the Ginger Messiah has moved during the summer to place players between Billy and getting onto the pitch.

It is easy to see where unhappiness might come from but I hope that Stuart is able to demonstrate the same caring approach to the South American as he has with players like Rhys Evans and TJ Moncur to show that Billy will benefit from rolling up his sleeves, committing himself to training and fighting his way into the side because, for me, he is a player that oozes quality and it would be sad for us not to see that quality come to fruition for us or in British football.


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