In an interview with Bristol City’s official website, manager Lee Johnson has defended the number of players his club has out on loan and claimed that it will help them all to prosper.
Bristol City currently have 15 players out on loan, the only club with more players out on loan is Wolves with 16.
This is all part of the Robins’ plan to develop a host of young talent much faster than they would have done if they were still at the club.
Speaking to the club’s website, Johnson said:
“We want to develop players for the future and we’ve built up some great links with the likes of Weston, Bath, Guernsey and Cheltenham. It’s not just the local clubs, with Gustav in Sweden, Jonny Smith up at AFC Fylde,”
One of the key factors in handling the sheer number of loan deals currently going on at Bristol is the appointment of Brian Tinnion as the Bristol City loan manager.
Tinnion’s new role takes some of the workload off of Johnson and other executives in charge of loan deals at the club and allows more focus and time to be put into the development of younger players.
The Bristol City senior squad get their Championship season back underway this weekend, following the conclusion of the international break, with a game away from home against Reading.
Without Brian Tinnion in his new role as loan manager, this all falls apart.
Having someone dedicated to every loanee out of the club is a fantastic idea and something that will definitely help the development of the youth players at Bristol City.
So often clubs forget about players out on loan or don’t make them feel like their time out on loan is eventually going to turn into a first team opportunity.
Making the club’s young loanees know you care and are constantly watching how they’re doing can only be a good thing.
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