I’LL BAG A FEW!
York City loanee Bradley Fewster’s out to copy idol Cristiano Ronaldo
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.
TEEN TALENT: Bradley Fewster has played for England Under18s and 19s