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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has allowed midfielder Sammie Szmodics to go out on loan to Peterborough United until the end of the season, as confirmed on the club website.
The 24-year-old has only played four games for the Championship side since a free transfer move from Colchester United last summer having previously made 162 appearances for Colchester, scoring 38 goals, in his six years with the League Two club.
So are the Robins making the right decision to let Szmodics go out on loan at the Posh?
“100% the right decision.
“Szmodics was always going to be a risky signing given it was a big step up from League Two to the Championship and it’s a move that hasn’t worked out.
“He couldn’t get near the first-team at Ashton Gate but he does have ability so he needs to go elsewhere to get regular game time. Lee Johnson can cope without the midfielder, so it’s a decision that makes total sense for Bristol City and he is playing for a Peterborough side that should suit the player’s style.
“At only 24-years-old it’s too soon to rule out Szmodics’ long-term future with the Championship side but right now this is a transfer that should benefit all parties for the next few months.”
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“Szmodics certainly needed to go out and secure some regular minutes between now and the end of the campaign, with the attacking midfielder having dropped sown the pecking order at Ashton Gate since he arrived in the summer from Colchester United.
“The attacking midfielder arrived at Bristol City on the back of an excellent campaign with Colchester last term, and Lee Johnson would have been hoping that he could have added some extra attacking threat this season, but that has not really worked out so far this campaign.
“Peterborough seems like an ideal destination for Szmodics to spend the rest of the season, with the League One club having an attack minded style of play under Darren Ferguson, which should suit the 24-year-old’s attributes suggesting he could well perform well on his loan spell.
“That would enable him to return to Bristol City full of confidence ahead of next season, where he will be looking to convince the Robins that he can become an important part of their side over the next few years.”
“This may potentially turn out to be a good decision by the Robins providing that Szmodics is given the chance to express himself at Peterborough.
“Since making the move to Ashton Gate from Colchester last summer, the attacking midfielder has struggled to adapt to life in the Championship.
“Limited to just four appearances for the Robins, Szmodics will be hoping that by dropping down a division, he can recapture the form which saw him excel at Colchester last season.
“With Peterborough known for playing an exciting, attacking brand of football, there is no reason why the 24-year-old’s cannot further his development over the coming months under the guidance of Darren Ferguson.”