Fully-fit Wells hunting for more goals
Hotshot Nahki Wells is backing himself to regain his early season scoring form that landed him the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month Award for August.
The 23-year old Bradford City striker returned from an ankle injury as a sub in the Bantams' 1-2 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Valley Parade last weekend.
Prior to damaging ligaments in a league clash with Shrewsbury Town at Coral Windows Stadium in late September, Wells was in sparkling goalscoring form, banging in nine goals in all competitions in as many matches.
The former Dandy Town man has now set his sights on regaining a starting role in Phil Parkinson's team for today's away league clash with Crewe Alexandra. And he reckons it won't be too long before he finds the back of the net.
“I am confident I can come back and make the impact I did before I got injured,” he commented on the Bantams' website. “It is unfortunate that I got injured when I was probably in the best form of my career.
“I feel I can pick up where I left off. It only needs one moment for the ball to roll my way and I can get scoring again and get back up and running. I don't think it will take me too long to get back going because I still feel I have that confidence in front of goal.”
Wells tested Wolves ‘keeper Carl Ikeme on several occasions after coming on as a half-time sub for Italian team-mate Raffaele De Vita but could not find a way through.
“I felt I should've scored and the ‘keeper made some unbelievable saves to keep them in front,” he told this newspaper.
The livewire striker netted 26 goals in all competitions last season, including a memorable strike against Northampton Town in the League Two Play-off final at Wembley where he became the first Bermudian to score at the iconic stadium.
Wells has again set himself high standards to strive for this term.
“I have set myself a scoring target for this season and anything around that target would be great,” he said. “I still have it in my mind that I can reach that target.
“We still have 30-plus games to go in the season and I feel I am confident enough to average something like a goal a game or a couple of goals every few games. That is a big task but you have to back your ability and believe in yourself.”
Wells' top priority is to help last season's beaten Capital One Cup finalists win.
“If and when I get back into the team, my main aim is to help City win,” he said. “The best way I can do that is by chipping in with goals and by working hard for the team.
“Helping to get us back to winning ways is all I want to do. When I can get back into the team, I'll be back trying to do what I do best which is scoring goals, running around and working hard for the team.”
Wells appears to have made a seamless transition from League Two to League One football.
“I feel I have handled the step up and so have City,” he said. “As a club, I feel we have been playing some fantastic football this season.
“Not only has it been good for me to reap some rewards for myself, but it has been brilliant to see us in the top six for pretty much since the beginning of the season really. It is a great achievement for a club who have just got promoted.”