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Harry Bunn
Season 2010/11

Harry's game can take him all the way

  • 07 September 2010 11:26
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

In-form Academy striker Harry Bunn has it in him to build on his excellent start to the season in the opinion of coach Scott Sellars.

The 18-year-old’s hat-trick in the emphatic win over Arsenal that kicked off the Under 18 side’s unbeaten start to 2010/11 has been followed by a goal in each of the two subsequent wins.

Harry was in the U18 squad last season as well, but his coach feels that both the player and the team are getting the most out of that year’s extra experience.

“Harry’s made an excellent start,” Scott declares. “Harry played most of last year (in the Under 18s) and we are really seeing the benefits of that this season. He’s developing nicely, looks strong when on the ball, his link-up play is improving and if he can keep adding to that with a bit more composure then more goals will come.

“Harry’s a bit of an Alan Shearer-type player, in that he is very direct when he’s on the ball and always wants to go towards goal. He shows no fear and has a good finish in him with both feet. He still needs to work on that, but he’s scored with both feet so far this season and he is also showing a lot of leadership qualities in the team.

He’s got a fantastic attitude, he gives everything for the team.

...Scott on Harry Bunn

Along with midfielder Joan Angel Roman, Harry has spent time training with the Elite Development Squad at Carrington and Scott is pleased with what the player is picking up when under the watchful eye of Andy Welsh.

“The lads benefit from going up against better players, it improves their technical ability and decision making so going over to Carrington can only help them. I speak with Andy a lot about who is ready to go up and it’s important that the boys get this opportunity to progress.”

The Under 18 squad prepared for the season at a training camp in Berlin and even with both Harry & Joan chosen to train with the EDS, Scott can see how it has all come together in some tight situations in recent matches.

“The team spirit we developed in Germany was perfect, although Harry and Joan Angel Roman were with the Elite squad over at Carrington. That has shown up in the last two games, either of which could have gone either way. The togetherness, the team play and the work rate has got the team through some difficult moments.”

Scott played against Harry’s dad, Frank, during his own playing career and is well-placed to judge on similarities between the two. Frank is remembered for scoring six goals in a League Cup tie for Oldham in 1989, and he subsequently coached for many years at City, and Scott thinks Harry has the talent to make a mark in the professional game.

He adds, “I played against Frank a few times, and there quite a few similarities. There’s a good attitude with both and they are both very difficult to play against. Frank was a constant threat who never gave anyone an easy moment, and I see a lot of potential in Harry to do as well as his dad.”

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