As the January transfer window draws ever closer, Bristol City boss Dean Holden will likely be weighing up a number of decisions concerning his squad.
Among those will be the future of forward Marley Watkins, whose loan move to Aberdeen is set to finish at the end of the window.
Dons manager Derek McInnes has already indicated that he is keen to extend the loan if possible but what is Holden’s stance likely to be and does the 30-year-old have a future with the Robins?
The City boss was happy to send Watkins early in the summer window, indicating he sees him as excess to requirements, and it’s hard to argue that anything we’ve seen at Ashton Gate or Pittodrie since suggests that was the wrong decision.
With that in mind, it seems likely that Holden would be happy to let the forward extend his stay north of the border but with his contract expiring in the summer, that would likely mean that we’d seen the last of the Wales international in a City shirt.
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It may complicate things if the Robins hierarchy decide they want to try and cash in on Watkins before he walks away for free next summer but in all honesty, it’s hard to see much of a market for him in January – particularly due to his injury.
The 30-year-old is likely to be sidelined until midway through January after suffering a hamstring injury.
Prior to picking up that ailment, Watkins had made a strong start to life with the SPFL club – becoming a regular fixture under McInnes and grabbing two goals and two assists in 13 appearances.
The forward has already played more minutes for Aberdeen than he has for City since making the switch to Ashton Gate in 2018.
With that in mind, a loan extension or a permanent move to Pittodrie in January seems like a suitable next step but whether or not that materialises, his time in a Robins shirt appears to be up.