Young defender tipped to provide leadership to Pompey cause

Sonny Bradley. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Sonny Bradley. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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AGE: 21

POSITION: Central defence

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Hull, Aldershot (loan), Harrogate (loan)

n So Jon, what can you tell the Pompey fans about Sonny Bradley?

Bradley is a really good lad – big, strong in the air and definitely shows experience beyond his years.

He has flourished in a struggling side, a team struggling for confidence.

But Sonny was certainly one of the players who could come away from last season with his head held high.

He must have been in the running for player of the year.

Except at Aldershot there is a funny thing where they don’t generally vote for loan players.

Besides, the keeper, Jamie Young, was everyone’s main choice and nobody argued with that.

n What is his style defensively?

In the regular partnership with Terrell Forbes, Bradley was the big-strapping central defender who knew his role and performed it very well.

He can play, don’t get me wrong, and is certainly no donkey.

But I don’t think being on the ball is the most comfortable element of his game.

He is quick enough, not lightning for a centre half but probably as quick as he needs to be.

Bradley is more of a dominant leader at the back.

Leadership qualities are a part of his game.

n What weaknesses do you think he has?

I would have to say his inexperience.

There were a couple of times where row Z might have done and, instead, Bradley tried to dilly dally.

There were also a couple of back passes in November and December time which cost the team a couple of goals.

He had a little four-match blip.

But he learned from those mistakes and finished the season very well.

n Overall, you seem very impressed.

I think Bradley has a big future in the game.

Portsmouth have got a good signing.

Aldershot’s problems last season were not down to individuals.

Bradley is a consistent, reliable performer, who didn’t whinge about knocks.

He got on with it and made quite a lot of appearances in a short space of time.