The Bristol Post have reported that two Championship clubs are keen on taking Bristol City midfielder Sammy Szmodics on loan in January.
It is understood that Hull City and Huddersfield Town have enquired about the availability of the 24-year-old, with Szmodics unable to force his way into Lee Johnson’s first-team at present.
He has featured just twice this season in the league for the Robins, playing 86 minutes of football over one start and a further substitute appearance. He has been keeping his match fitness up by occasionally running out for Bristol City’s under-23 side.
As Szmodics often works best as a second striker, there has been no spot in the team available for the 24-year-old, with Andreas Weimann and Famara Diedhiou often occupying the attacking spots in the team.
These factors increase the chances of the Bristol City man leaving BS3 temporarily to get first-team football elsewhere, which Bristol City fans will surely get behind, hoping that Szmodics can return and challenge for a starting place for the team next season.
Bristol City signed the 24-year-old in the summer from League Two outfit Colchester United, where Szmodics had been at since he was seven years of age.
He made over 150 appearances for the Essex side, and had a good final season at Colchester, finding the net on 15 occasions from attacking midfield, which persuaded Lee Johnson to take a chance on Szmodics.
The move has not gone as planned. Nonetheless, it will be a positive that two other clubs in the second tier are interested in his services.
Hull and Huddersfield must see the quality in the 24-year-old to take a chance on him, especially as prior to this season, Szmodics had no previous experience of playing in the second tier of English football.
If the rumours are correct, and Szmodics links up with either side until the rest of the season, Bristol City fans will be keeping an eye on him from afar to see how he fares in the Championship on a regular basis.
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It would eventually form their opinion on whether he is good enough for Bristol City. Despite that, there is still a month left until the transfer window opens, and Szmodics will be hoping that he can impress Lee Johnson on the training field in that time.