Top of the table or not, the latest Bristol City transfer news is likely to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the Ashton Gate faithful.
There is a fair amount of positivity surrounding the South West club at the moment, with City having won four from four in the Championship and done some shrewd business this summer.
However, the sale of Joe Morrell is likely to mean that a strong window has a bitter end.
It was announced today that the Welshman has joined Luton Town in a permanent deal worth a reported £200,000. Seeing a midfielder leave Ashton Gate is no surprise given Dean Holden’s squad is over-stocked at the position but few would’ve predicted Morrell’s exit.
After turning heads while on loan with Lincoln City last season, with his displays for the Imps so impressive that he has become a mainstay in Ryan Giggs’ Wales side, the prospect of seeing the midfielder in the red and white of the Bs3 club has been an exciting one for Robins supporters one ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
The academy product made his debut at 16 in 2013 and seven years on, finally looked set to get a chance to prove himself at Ashton Gate this term.
But now he leaves the club he joined as a schoolboy having featured more times for his country than for City – a statistic emblematic of why this move will sting for many supporters.
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After 11 years at the club, the 2020/21 campaign looked set to see the 23-year-old finally become a regular part in the Robins first team but the man that Lee Johnson once described as “the unluckiest footballer in the world” won’t get that opportunity to prove himself in Bs3 – not until Luton visit next April, anyway.
Given how celebrated the club’s loan strategy is, you’d understand why Robins fans will feel more than a little frustrated that after fending off Liverpool’s advances in the past, Morrell has been sold to Luton in a deal worth a reported £200,000.
There is a lot to be positive about for the Ashton Gate faithful right now and they’re no stranger to seeing a promising young player leave but all the same this is a bitter end to the window.