Bristol City are no strangers to the loan market both in terms of bringing players in and sending them elsewhere.
Robbie Cundy, Cam Pring, Kasey Palmer, Antoine Semenyo, and Tyreeq Bakinson are just a few of the players in Nigel Pearson’s senior squad that have been sent out to play more regular football and gain experience away from the club in recent years.
Taylor Moore was sent to Hearts on a temporary deal late in the summer window and it would be no huge surprise to see more players do the same when January rolls around.
With that in mind, we’ve outlined two Robins players that could do with being sent out on loan in the winter window…
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Given he’s the son of City favourite Mickey Bell and is a hard-working forward, it’s no surprise that Sam Bell is a popular figure among the Ashton Gate faithful already.
The 19-year-old was handed his debut in the FA Cup last term and featured five times in total in 2019/20 before being handed a new long-term contract by the South West club.
Clearly, he’s a player that the Robins feel has a bright future but opportunities have been hard to come by this season.
Chris Martin and Andi Weimann have emerged as Pearson’s clear first-choice forward duo with Nahki Wells pushing them hard after his winner on Saturday and Saikou Janneh making the most of his chance in the Carabao Cup.
In wide areas, the likes of Alex Scott and Cam Pring have shot up the pecking order while the return of Antoine Semenyo from injury gives City more options.
With all that in mind, it’s hard to see Bell getting a chance in the 2021/22 campaign and the best thing for him right now might be to go somewhere else to play regular senior football.
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Louis Britton has fired in goals for City’s youth teams regularly and certainly made the most of his first taste of Championship football last season, scoring in his 18-minute cameo against Brentford on the final day of last season, but he does not seem part of Pearson’s plans at the moment.
He’s below the likes of Janneh in the pecking order after the 21-year-old’s impressive display in the Carabao Cup – a competition that City are out of now, which makes it hard to see Conway getting much of a chance this term.
A loan move away to play some regular football and, hopefully, score hatfuls of goals could serve him well.
He’s joined Stockport and Torquay United in the past and another move away from Bs3 in January seems the best thing for him.