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‘I’m just not convinced’ – Bristol City eyeing up move for 10-goal forward: The Verdict

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Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has hinted that he may add more attacking reinforcements to his squad before the transfer window closes and it appears that the Robins are considering raiding a Championship rival.

According to the Bristol Post, City are considering a move for Sheffield Wednesday’s wantaway forward Lucas Joao.

Joao had the most productive season of his Owls’ career in 2018/19, bagging 10 Championship goals in 31 appearances–13 of which came from the bench.

The Portuguese international has reportedly handed in a transfer request and, according to The Sun on Sunday (7/4 Page 61), the Yorkshire club value the 25-year-old at £8 million.

So, would Joao be a good addition for the Robins this summer?

Our FLW writers take a look…

George Brooks

“This could be a good signing for City.

“Joao has been an important player for Wednesday over the past few seasons and has got plenty of experience in the Championship.

“The Portuguese attacker would be a decent signing for most sides in the Championship and I think he’s more than capable of making an impact for a team like City.

“He’s a strong, powerful centre-forward, who is good in the air and a big physical presence on the pitch.

“The forward has got a very respectable goalscoring record in the Championship and scored league ten goals for the Owls last season, his most productive season since arriving at Hillsborough in 2015.

“Wednesday want £8 million for him though and I’m not convinced City should be prepared to spend that much money on him.

“Nonetheless, he could turn out to be a good signing for the Robins, provided they can get him for the right price.”

George Dagless

“Potentially.

“I only commit to potentially, though, as there is a fair bit to weigh up with this deal.

“On the one hand, the Robins could perhaps do with another attacker as a lack of goals may have left them short last season in their challenge for the play-offs overall.

“Joao has shown he can score goals at this level and be a creative force so, in that sense, this could be a good deal.

“However, he’s never actually shown himself to be that consistent up until now and the asking price Wednesday have on him seems a little steep, so there are cons to this move.

“It’s 50/50 and it’ll come down to how Johnson gets him working, to be honest.”

Sam Rourke

“I’m just not convinced by him.

“He’s always shown flashes of brilliance at Wednesday, but ultimately has failed to showcase his quality on a consistent basis.

“Joao scored 10 goals last season in what was his most fruitful season at the Owls, but does that not just highlight what type of striker he is?

“It’s clear Joao is not a 20+ goal a season striker, and you have to argue whether he’s really an upgrade on some of City’s current strikers, in Famara Diedhiou and Andreas Weimann.

“With Joao’s price-tag reported to be £8 million, Johnson should look elsewhere, as for that sum of money, you ideally want to be bagging a striker who has a better strike-rate than the Portuguese forward.”

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