Bristol City finished just shy of the play-offs this season but they can be proud of their achievements and how much they have improved as a team after last season’s survival campaign.
One of their most improved players this year has been Josh Brownhill, who was recently named as the Young Player of the Year at Bristol City.
Here, FLW shines a spotlight on Brownhill’s season at Ashton Gate and considers whether Newcastle United should try to poach him this summer.
Brownhill has been much better this campaign than he was last season, showing that he is developing his game and learning each week.
With five goals and six assists in 45 appearances for the Robins, the 22-year-old is starting to add some end product to his game – either from central midfield or from the wing.
Brownhill contributes both offensively and defensively as shown with his passing and tackling statistics.
The former Preston North End and Barnsley man makes an average of 43.4 passes per game with a relatively high completion rate of over 76 per cent.
As well as this, he contributes with an average of more than one tackle each match.
There is still work to be done for him to improve but the signs are looking promising for the Bristol City youngster.
But would he be a good fit at Newcastle?
Well, the Magpies are probably looking for an immediate fix in midfield to help push them onwards toward the Europa League qualification spots.
Brownhill is not going to come in and immediately improve their midfield options but he could learn a lot from playing with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in the middle.
With his improvements this season, it has shown that Brownhill is eager to keep developing his game and working under a manager like Rafa Benitez would make him even better.
So, although he might not be first-team ready at St James’ Park, Newcastle could definitely benefit from having Brownhill as a short-term squad player but a star for the future in their ranks.
Thoughts, Newcastle fans? Let us know below!
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