Bristol City revealed this morning that they had let centre-back and club captain Bailey Wright depart on loan for Sunderland until the end of the season.
Wright had struggled for the minutes that he would have wanted this season, making just four appearances across all competitions as the signing of Ashley Williams and the emergence of Taylor Moore pushed him further down the pecking order.
The Australian international has had to make do with being on the bench and left out of the matchday squad in recent months, but he can now get his head down and return to regular action with Sunderland.
Here, we take a look at 1 winner and 1 loser at Bristol City following Wright’s departure
Winner – Taylor Moore
After recent loan spells to Cheltenham Town and Southend United in the past few seasons, Moore has built up the relevant experience across the past few years that he needs to try and stake a claim for a starting spot at Ashton Gate.
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The young defender has seen himself in and around the first-team squad this campaign, making 23 appearances and even captaining the team in their 1-1 FA Cup draw against Shrewsbury Town at the start of the month.
At 22 years of age, it is an important time in Moore’s development and he won’t be seeing his path into the first team blocked by the experienced figure of Wright.
The Australian’s departure on loan means that Moore will be handed the opportunity to become a regular within the matchday 18, and he can stake his own claim for the shirt over the next few months.
Loser – Josh Brownhill
While Brownhill is a central midfielder, the departure of Wright could still affect one of City’s star players.
The club captain had a big impact in the dressing room for the Robins, but his exit through the door at Ashton Gate means that the 24-year-old Brownhill is likely to step up as the club captain in the next few months.
Having worn the armband on the pitch this season in Wright’s absence, the Burnley transfer target could feel the pressure get to him over the forthcoming months if he is forced to take the armband on a permanent basis.
Feeling pressure as a footballer is natural whenever they step foot on to the pitch, however Brownhill will likely feel it more than the other Bristol City players in the next few months as all eyes will be on him to lead the Robins into the playoff spots, the type of pressure that could effect his own performances.