With 11 outgoings and just three incomings, Bristol City are in a race against time to bolster their squad before the transfer window slams shut, the need has intensified with the Robins picking up just one point from their opening two Championship games.
The squad is lacking in key areas with just over two weeks left of the window and with pressure on Nigel Pearson increasing by the week it is clear that the Robins need reinforcements, or a season battling against relegation to League One is looking increasingly likely.
With that in mind we are taking a look at the latest rumours around the club…
Antoine Semenyo uncertainty
We brought you an exclusive last week that Anderlecht were eyeing a move for Swansea City’s Jamal Lowe but also Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo.
The latter is a precocious 21-year-old who managed five goals and seven assists playing in a variety of attacking roles last term, his first full season as a first team regular at Ashton Gate.
After Famara Diedhiou’s departure, and lack of a replacement there of, losing Semenyo on top of him would be a crushing blow.
Leaving Nahki Wells and Chris Martin as the only senior striking options at the club, they cannot do it all on their own.
Lack of width
An injury to Callum O’Dowda has exacerbated the problem in wide areas at Bristol City.
The Republic of Ireland international is a great squad player for the level, providing essential competition for places.
However since picking up an injury on the opening day Pearson is left with Kasey Palmer, Andreas Weimann and no one else for options on the wing.
Should one of those two pickup a knock then the Robins’ supporters would be looking at square pegs in round holes.
No adequate right-back
Specialist defensive midfielder or centre back Zak Vyner has deputised at right-back in the opening two matches, an astute ball player but the 24-year-old is wasted in a less familiar position.
His selection has come with Pearson deeming 34-year-old Danny Simpson no longer up to the standard and opting for Vyner out of position while the former Premier League winner warms the bench.
Vyner could be providing some much needed mobility to the 30+ midfield pair of Matty James and Andy King but the lack of quality at right-back sees his services required elsewhere.
Another position that needs to be addressed if the Robins are to have a successful season.