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The transfer window may only have recently closed for another season, but that has not stopped Bristol City boss Lee Johnson looking ahead to the summer window with Crewe Alexandra skipper Perry Ng a potential target, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
The 23-year-old is enjoying another fine season at Gresty Road and his form has sparked interest from a number of Championship clubs including Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Charlton Athletic as well as the Robins.
So would Ng prove a good addition at Ashton Gate and is he actually needed?
“This could turn out to be a shrewd addition by Bristol City if they can get a deal over the line for Ng in the summer.
“A standout performer for Crewe in League Two this season, the right-back’s consistent displays have helped the club move up third in the standings.
“As well as being able to read the game in a defensive sense, Ng has also illustrated an abundance of creativity during the current campaign which has resulted in him providing 5 assists for his team-mates.
“Whilst the Robins already have the likes of Jack Hunt and Zak Vyner at their disposal, the arrival of Ng may force this particular duo to step up their performance levels which in turn could allow the club to achieve a great deal of success next season.”
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“Bristol City are obviously no strangers to signing younger talents from lower leagues, and Perry Ng would certainly fit that bill.
“The 23-year-old possesses real leadership qualities and can play in a number of positions across the back-line, and only recently he’s converted into a right-back from a standard centre-half.
“First and foremost, he is a solid defender who wears his heart on his sleeve, but he can bomb forward and join in with attacks having registered five assists this term.
“Jack Hunt has obviously been impressive for the Robins this term, but he isn’t getting any younger and it might be time for Lee Johnson to consider signing a long-term replacement.”
“He’d certainly fit the bill for what Lee Johnson likes in a player, with the 23-year-old possessing a strong workrate in both offensive and defensive situations.
“Ng would represent a very cheap alternative to other right backs on the market and that combined with his age could well prompt the Robins to make a move for the player.
“Pedro Pereira has provided little competition for Jack Hunt at right back this term and for that reason Ng is certainly a player that is needed by the Ashton Gate side.
“The Crewe man is certainly too good to be playing in League Two and would surely relish the chance to test himself at a higher level next season if the opportunity to leave Gresty Road arises.”