Bristol City have lost plenty of their top talents across the past few years with the likes of Lloyd Kelly, Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid jumping ship for Premier League sides.
They could be set to lose another one to the top flight this January, with The Daily Mail reporting that Burnley and the Robins are in talks over a £7 million move for Josh Brownhill.
The 24-year-old has been an important player at Ashton Gate since arriving in 2016, and he has gone on to become a fans’ favourite at the club in his time there.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser if Burnley were to secure the services of Brownhill this month…
The young French wonderkid has suffered lately for game-time since arriving last summer from Monaco, having been a regular on the bench across the last couple of months.
When arriving in the summer, Massengo’s early performances in a Bristol City shirt indicated that he could be a regular this season, however his energetic displays quickly caught up with him and he found himself dropped to the bench.
If Brownhill was to depart the club, then the 18-year-old would find himself in the frame to take the 24-year-old’s spot in the middle of the park for the rest of the season unless Lee Johnson quickly found a replacement.
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While Massengo may lack the same technical skills that Brownhill possesses, the France youth international will have more chance of improving his game and individual skillset with the more game-time he got post-January.
The target man has been a regular for Bristol City this season, and his goals supply is likely to suffer if Brownhill was to leave through the Ashton Gate exit door this month.
The striker is a threat from set pieces, and the 24-year-old striker’s delivery from free-kicks and corners almost always find a way onto the striker’s head or foot as the Robins search for a goal no matter the scenario.
Diedhiou would then be relying on others to put a good delivery into the box that the Senegal international can go and attack, and he would have to deal with no more assists from the central midfielder.
As well as the Senegalese being a threat from Brownhill set pieces, the midfielder’s partnership with Diedhiou can often get the Robins further up the pitch when the midfielder’s diagonal passes or clearances away from danger land on the forward’s chest who can then hold the ball up for others.