Mo Eisa had been close to securing a deadline day move to Charlton Athletic and whilst he may well be disappointed with the missed opportunity, he shouldn’t be too despondent about the situation.
Lee Bowyer wanted the 24-year-old to replace Karlan Grant, albeit on a temporary basis, but couldn’t get a deal over the line.
Bristol City didn’t land a striker which meant those further down the chain missed out.
It also meant a chance for Eisa to get out and play regular football was put to one side. He was sensational for Cheltenham last season, but after securing a £1.5m move to Ashton Gate he’s struggled to impress.
There’s going to be a part of the Sudanese striker that will lament the lack of loan deal. He will be keen to prove himself to Lee Johnson and if there’s little first team action coming his way, a loan spell would have been perfect.
Charlton is also closer to his family home and the move seemingly made a lot of sense. Whilst there’s going to be a certain amount of disappointment, he’ll be fighting through that very quickly.
He’s not out of sight and therefore not out of mind. Every day he’ll be in training in front of the manager and that alone means he has a platform to impress. He might not be showing the fans what he can do, but first and foremost he has to get into the manager’s plans.
He should also be feeling buoyed by the fact Lee Johnson couldn’t let him go without adequate cover. It means he’s near the match day squad and is still very much a part of the current set up. If he wasn’t, he would have been sent out on loan no matter what happened elsewhere in the squad.
Also, he’s still young and learning. He’s at a Championship club, a side he’s only been with six months and fifteen years ago he was a nine-year-old boy in war-torn Sudan.
Not playing regular football for a few months isn’t going to phase him too much at all.