York City loa­nee Bradley Few­ster’s out to copy idol Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Bai­ley

BRADLEY Few­ster has all the mak­ings of a star No.9, but a cer­tain No.7 helped York’s new striker be­come the poacher he is to­day.

The on-loan Mid­dles­brough man was re­stored to his nat­u­ral role as a cen­tre for­ward against Ex­eter re­cently and promptly tapped in a dou­ble in a 2-0 vic­tory against the Gre­cians.

His knack of be­ing in the right place at the right time has fol­lowed him wher­ever he’s been – through the age groups for both club and coun­try, in his se­cond se­nior Mid­dles­brough ap­pear­ance and now in League Two with York.

But the 20-year-old – a self-con­fessed stu­dent of the game – be­lieves that with­out hours glued to the tele­vi­sion watch­ing Cris­tiano Ron­aldo dur­ing his pomp at Manch­ester United, he may never have re­cov­ered from an early set­back.


“I grew up watch­ing Thierry Henry and great strik­ers like that but my idol, af­ter I got re­leased from Boro when I was younger, was Cris­tiano Ron­aldo,” said Few­ster.

“I mod­elled my game on him and watched ev­ery game he played at Man United and all the tricks he used to do.

“He might not be a striker but he helped me be­lieve in my­self and get back into the Boro team a year later. Luis Suarez is prob­a­bly my favourite to watch at the mo­ment, but I watch a lot of footy and I al­ways try and take bits and add it to my own game.

“Ron­aldo didn’t win the Bal­lon d’Or for just scor­ing great goals, he scored some hor­ri­ble ones, too. And there’s some­thing to learn from that.

“I don’t re­mem­ber why I was re­leased, but I was only 11 and at that stage peo­ple are al­ways leav­ing and com­ing back into teams. But it was def­i­nitely the best thing that ever hap­pened to me.

“I went back to my lo­cal club, Mar­ton. I used to play on the wing but I switched to striker and scored 42 goals that sea­son. A year later I got back into Boro and since then I’ve been top scorer through the age groups.”

Few­ster hit five goals for both Eng­land Un­der-18s and Un­der-19s, and played along­side bur­geon­ing Premier League stars Dele Alli and Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek.

He added: “There are not too many games in the Un­der-20s so I haven’t heard from Eng­land since play­ing for the Un­der-18s and 19s.

“But it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence – I scored a hat-trick against Bel­gium and you just look at how well Ruben and Dele are do­ing now.You think there’s no rea­son why you can’t do the same.”

For now, though, he’s con­tent on be­ing York’s fox-in-the-box un­til the end of the sea­son as the Min­ster­men look to dig their way out of a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion in League Two.

But Few­ster has a word of warn­ing for the divi­sion – he should not be type­cast as a tap-in spe­cial­ist.

“I’m ca­pa­ble of scor­ing from out­side the box, too,” he added.

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TEEN TAL­ENT: Bradley Few­ster has played for Eng­land Un­der­18s and 19s

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