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Bean: Wells is ready for the Premier League

Nahki Wells has the pedigree to play for a top team in the English Premier League, according to Opposition Leader Marc Bean.

Bean believes the Bradford City striker has the potential to become a great player and make his mark in English football’s top tier.

“I feel that Nahki is ready for the Premier League and has the quality to play for any of the top ten teams in the league,” he told

The Royal Gazette. “He stands out as extraordinary around Bradford but in a team like Arsenal or any top ten team in the Premiership with intelligent midfielders around him Nahki would be a superstar.

“Nahki is an extremely talented and gifted footballer but what separates him from the rest, and I think it’s a lesson that has to be instilled in youngster’s minds, is that he also has a high degree of self-discipline, mental toughness and football intelligence which has allowed him to progress to the level that he’s at now and I foresee him moving to a higher league very soon.

“It’s not just the physical attributes that Nahki displays but you can also see a degree of mental preparedness and discipline and I think that speaks volumes for the young man and I think it’s an immense source of pride for the residents of this country also.”

Earlier this week Wells and his Bradford team-mates completed a 4-3 aggregate win over Premier side Aston Villa in the two-legged League Cup semi-final to become the first fourth tier side to reach the competition’s final in more than half a century.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for Bradford City and Nahki,” added Bean. “He has made every single resident in this country very proud and set an excellent example for the younger generation to strive for success and excellence.”

Sports Minister Wayne Scott congratulated Wells who has banged in 17 goals for the Bantams this term.

“As Bradford’s leading scorer, Nahki has played a highly prominent role in his team’s superb run in cup and I have no doubt when Bradford take on either Chelsea or Swansea, our local hero Nahki will play a leading role in the final,” he said.

Wells is poised to become only the third Bermudian footballer behind Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne to play in a cup final at Wembley.

“Nahki joins illustrious company as he will only be the third Bermudian footballer to play at Wembley joining Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne,” the Minister added. “It speaks volumes that a small Island nation as Bermuda can produce such sporting talent from a player who continues to shine in one of England’s premier football competitions.

“When the final is played at the end of February (February 24) I am sure we will all be rooting for Nahki as he realises his dreams of playing in the final and no doubt winning as he completes Bradford’s epic journey to the final.”

Bermuda Football Association (BFA) Larry Mussenden also offered his congratulations to the former Dandy Town player.

“I want to wish Nahki every success and congratulations as well as his team,” he said. “He has always been a person who has worked hard to improve himself and I think it’s very important to congratulate and commend his family who have always supported him and have always believed in him.

“Additionally, I want to commend his clubs in Bermuda and the people that have supported him and befriended him along the way. It seems to me that he also recognises that because he paid a tribute to Mr Steede (late Devonshire Cougars midfielder Tumaini Steede) so we are hoping that with the combination of the qualities he clearly possesses that he would be able to perhaps get picked up by another team at the appropriate time and hopefully be able to lift some silver at Wembley.”


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Published January 24, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm)

Bean: Wells is ready for the Premier League

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