Bristol City could be in for an interesting few weeks ahead of the January transfer window, with Dean Holden looking to add to his squad.
The Robins are currently sat ninth in the Championship table, and are four points adrift of the play-off positions, so a top-six finish is certainly a possibility with 23 matches still to play in this year’s campaign.
A number of players have returned to the club on loan this month, but they’re yet to make a permanent signing so far in the January transfer window, excluding the club extending Adrian Mariappa’s stay at Ashton Gate.
We take a look at TWO realistic scenarios that Bristol City won’t want to happen in the next two weeks of the transfer window.
Find out what they are, below….
They won’t want Famara Diedhiou to leave the club.
Diedhiou hasn’t been a regular in the Bristol City team this season whilst under the management of Dean Holden.
The forward has been with the club since 2017, but has been restricted to just five league starts for the Robins this term.
The 28-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Middlesbrough, but a move is yet to materialise for one reason or another. But Diedhiou has shown in previous seasons that he can score goals at this level, and perhaps might feel slightly hard done by not to have featured more regularly this season.
The forward scored 14 goals in the 2019/20 season, but is currently behind both Nahki Wells and Chris Martin the Dean Holden’s plans.
Some might feel as though he has a part to play in their push for a top-six finish though, and Dean Holden shares that opinion, having stated his eagerness to keep him as part of his plans for the future.
“When a player comes into the last year of his contract that is something that can happen. We have to keep talking.
“Myself and Mark, Steve Lansdown, the board and keep talking around what may or may not happen. And make sure we’re in a good position to be able to move if we need to on any player.”
They shouldn’t allow Kasey Palmer to depart on loan again.
Palmer spent the first-half of this year’s league campaign on loan with Bristol City’s promotion-chasing rivals Swansea City.
He struggled for game time with the Robins, but went on to make 13 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side, who are currently sat second in the Championship table.
Palmer has made 47 appearances for Bristol City in total, and will surely be pushing for a starting spot in their squad in the coming weeks, as they look to force their way into the top-six this season.
Bristol City supporters certainly won’t want to see Palmer loaned out again in this month’s transfer window.