It’s shaping up to be quite the summer at Ashton Gate, with CEO Mark Ashton leaving and question marks over the future of Nigel Pearson and a significant number of senior players.
On the pitch, Bristol City look set for a disappointing bottom half finish in the Championship this term – highlighting the work needed to get them to where they want to be.
Sources have informed us that Ashton’s move to Ipswich Town has been in the works for weeks, while Pearson is yet to sign a deal beyond the end of the season, and there are the issues of player contracts running down.
Ahead of what may be a summer of change in Bs3, there are likely a few players that will be planning to part ways with the Robins.
With that in mind, here are two players who you’d imagine will want to leave Ashton Gate this summer for pastures new…
At the start of the season, there seemed a fair bit of confidence at the club that their 2019/20 top scorer and Player of the Season would pen a new deal.
That hasn’t happened and as we close in on the end of the current campaign, it looks increasingly likely that he’ll be on the move.
Diedhiou’s not looked himself on the pitch either – often a telltale sign that a player’s time at a club is coming to an end – and as he’s not signed a new deal despite suggestions that he’d been offered big terms, it seems as though he wants out.
There are links from inside the Championship, while it is understood that there is interest in Europe as well.
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The forward has endured a very difficult time at Ashton Gate and with his contract up at the end of the season, he’ll surely be keen for a fresh start elsewhere.
Watkins has failed to really make an impact for the Robins, though injuries and a lack of opportunities haven’t helped.
That he’s played arguably his best football over the last three years while away from the club on loan illustrates that things just haven’t clicked for the Welshman in Bs3.
He’s 30 now and having recovered from injury, will surely be keen to secure a move to a club that will offer him regular football.