Bristol City may need as many players they can get in their squad as they look to try and push on towards the play-off places in the latter half of the campaign – but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any faces up for grabs potentially in the January transfer window.
If any side comes sniffing around a player, whether it be over a potential short-term deal or a more permanent one, then it’ll likely always be considered.
With that in mind – and considering there is room for manoeuvre, especially if the Robins want to bring in some new signings of their own in the winter window – then it is plausible that some faces could depart in January.
Who then, could leave Bristol City in the turn of the year?
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The first potential outgoing could be the youngster who is in need of much more regular first-team action.
The 20-year-old has already played in League Two (and looked relatively sharp when doing so, bagging a goal in just four starts for Newport County during his time there) and also for Torquay in the National League.
With the Robins unlikely to give him much more first-team football this season – he has played just once and even that was a 17 minute cameo – the likelihood is that he would be better served being shipped out on a temporary basis.
The next logical step is to either find a fourth tier side that would be prepared to give him regular gametime or even make the step up to the third tier and try his luck there. The brief amount of playing time he got with Newport wasn’t enough to really see how well he could perform at that level, so perhaps finding a team in League Two where he could thrive in the second half of the campaign would be the best possible move.
It would allow the young talent to continue to get experience under his belt and try and reach his potential, while City could focus on their own exploits in the Championship.
Palmer is contracted with Bristol City until 2023 but that may not stop him from making a permanent move away from the club in the winter transfer window (or at least a short-term one).
The 25-year-old has looked bright at times for the Robins and is certainly well-versed in Championship football, having already racked up well over 100 appearances in the second tier despite his age. However, it hasn’t stopped him from falling down the pecking order at Bristol City this year and with only one start to his name so far, he could be on the lookout for a new side in January.
There looks to be no plans for him to feature more regularly at the club anytime soon and there will no doubt be plenty of suitors both in the second tier and below who would be more than happy to take him off the club’s hands. Whether that is a permanent or loan switch remains to be seen, but the player would no doubt be happy to get frequent action again.
He was much more of a regular for the Robins last year and before that, he also had stints at Swansea and Blackburn.
It doesn’t seem that long ago since he was just a promising young prospect with Chelsea and then Huddersfield – and there is plenty of time for him to still live up to that early potential. If he wants to though, then he may have to find himself a new team in the winter transfer window.