Bristol City central midfielder Josh Brownhill, who has led the Robins out in recent games with club captain Bailey Wright not selected, has been one of City’s stars from the current season.
The 23 year-old has only ever played his football in League One and the Championship for Preston North End, Barnsley and his current side, for which he signed for in 2016.
Back in August, transfer rumours cropped up that Brownhill was being targeted by Premier League newcomers Sheffield United as well as City centre-back Ashley Williams tipping the midfielder for a career at the top following his 98th-minute winning strike against Charlton Athletic last Wednesday.
The midfielder is definitely good enough for the Championship as his consistent performances have shown, with the ball-playing 23 year-old also keeping the play ticking over and always aiming to sneak into the box as he aims to grab himself a goal.
Brownhill has a good right foot which helps him to pick a pass over short and long distances, as well as score goals from anywhere within 25 yards.
The 23 year-old has no experience of playing in the Premier League before, however he has the qualities to reach the top. His passing and vision is good enough, as well as the midfielder having a good engine on him as he looks to do his defensive and attacking responsibilities.
Is Brownhill good enough for a Premier League move in January?
Robins manager Lee Johnson trusts Brownhill to perform week in, week out as the central midfielder can always do the job that he’s asked to do consistently in the Championship.
It may not also be the 23 year-old’s job to score or assist week in, week out, however he always has an impact on games and no matter who the opposition, Brownhill is always one of the standout players for the Robins.
The central midfielder could be good enough for the Premier League in a year’s time as he continues to develop and spend time under a manager that automatically trusts him no matter what his form is, however a move in January to the top flight could be six months too soon.
Brownhill is definitely capable of holding his own in the Premier League, however he needs to move when the time is right for him and when he will be guaranteed starts in the Premier League on a weekly basis.
The 23 year-old should see the season out with Bristol City and then decide where his future lies, if the Robins don’t make it to the top flight themselves.