Bristol City striker Saikou Janneh has been out with injury since pre-season, an injury that has curtailed his season so far as the Gambian looks to get back out on the pitch and prove a point.
City manager Lee Johnson is known to be a huge admirer of the youngster after Janneh’s impressive performances last season down south when playing for Gary Johnson’s Torquay United, scoring 18 goals in 34 appearances as Torquay stormed to the National League South title.
Janneh had an impressive pre-season for Bristol City when he was involved in the first-team squad, netting three goals in five appearances before picking a knee injury in the 3-4 win away at Forest Green Rovers in the penultimate pre-season game.
Days before his injury, Janneh was being tipped for a loan move to either Doncaster Rovers or Newport County to try and progress up the football pyramid, but his injury put an end to any Football League move and now he has to deal with potentially heading to Non-League’s top flight, the National League, with a proposed move to Torquay on the cards.
If Janneh does secure his loan move back to the Devon outfit and performs admirably for the few months that he’s there, then more offers from Football League sides in January will come in and the young striker will have a choice to make as to where he gets his first slice of action in the EFL.
Torquay’s style perfectly suits the way that Janneh likes to play, he enjoys the ball being played into his feet in and around the box but can also do the physical side and hold the ball up and bring other team-mates into play. Janneh is a well-rounded forward who has definitely improved over the past year while with the tutelage of the Johnson duo both at Torquay and Bristol City, and a few months back with Torquay will surely be the best move for his development and pique interest from Football League clubs further away from home.
Janneh’s first experience of senior football has come with Torquay, and now a spell back at Plainmoor will put his name on the map and in the minds of managers.