Bradford thrashing may be blessing in disguise for Leeds United's Paudie O'Connor

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United sent Paudie O'Connor on loan to League One Bradford City last summer.

Referee Darren Drysdale has to part Lynden Gooch of Sunderland and Ben Heneghan of Blackpool after Paudie O'Connor of Blackpool had an altercation with Charlie Wyke of Sunderland during...

Bradford City’s 5-1 loss at Portsmouth on Saturday could be a blessing in disguise for Paudie O’Connor.

The young defender left Leeds United to make the short trip across Yorkshire in the summer transfer window, joining the League One outfit on loan for the 2018/19 season.


But, after a bright start to life at Valley Parade, O’Connor has found game time hard to come by in the last few weeks. He has played just one minute of league football since mid-January and has been left out of Bradford’s squad for each of the last five games.

That means he played no part as the Bantams were ripped to pieces at Fratton Park. And that is no bad thing.

Blackpool's Paudie O'Connor during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on January 5, 2019 in Blackpool, United Kingdom.

The third-tier strugglers have a new manager these days with Gary Bowyer’s appointment confirmed on Monday morning. This means O’Connor is likely to be offered a fresh start and he will not be tainted by association with that five-goal collapse on the South Coast.

Surely he deserves a second chance now with Bradford under new management. And this should only benefit a Leeds side that appeared to have high hopes for the Ballymena-born 21-year-old.

Blackpool's Paudie O'Connor scores his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England.

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