Bristol City have had an inconsistent season so far, and they are attempting to hold onto one of their prized assets in central midfielder Josh Brownhill.
Football Insider are reporting that the 24-year-old is a £6million transfer target for Premier League side Burnley this January, as talks continue to progress between all the parties involved.
The central midfielder has been a big player for the Robins across the past few seasons since signing from Preston North End in 2016, and he could now move back up north to achieve his dream of being a Premier League player.
Here, we take a look at Brownhill’s season so far and why the stats back up Burnley’s interest in him…
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is keen on signing a creative midfielder to help his side become more dangerous when in front of goal, and the 24-year-old Brownhill is just the player who can keep the Clarets do that.
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Having made 27 appearances this season, as well as overcoming a bruised foot in the last few days, the central midfielder has had an impact in front of goal for his current side, having netted five goals from midfield.
While Brownhill may not be the most creative in front of goal for Bristol City, he still has two assists to his name this season, which isn’t bad for a midfielder who is attempting to create for a team of strikers who aren’t the most prolific in front of goal.
As well as being a player who looks to play the ball forward and get his team-mates in behind the opposition defence, the midfielder can also operate in a more defensive role and maintain possession, as shown by his 948 successful passes for the Robins this season.
The former Manchester United youth player is more than capable when it comes to putting an accurate cross into the box, having put 26 in so far this season as he has assumed set-piece responsibilities when Niclas Eliasson and Kasey Palmer haven’t been on the pitch for Bristol City.
Brownhill would suit the type of player that Dyche is chasing with his positive and creative mind, but he can also fit the current mould of the Burnley midfield, having made 115 interceptions for the Robins this season and relieving pressure on the defence as he looks to turn defence into attack.
Dyche has a keen interest in the central midfielder, and rightly so as he would be perfect for Burnley’s system and could flourish as the Clarets’ main creative force during the second half of the season.