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‘Needs a fresh start this summer’ – Bristol City join QPR in race for playmaker: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Bristol City have joined the race for Huddersfield Town attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard ahead of the summer, according to the Bristol Post

The 27-year-old is out of contract with the Terriers at the end of the season and has been linked with QPR and the Robins recently.

So would he be a good signing for City? And do they need him?

Our FLW writers share their thoughts…

Alfie Burns

Pritchard needs a fresh start this summer after a very testing couple of years with Huddersfield Town.

He’s not hit the heights expected of him in the blue and white of Huddersfield, who will wave goodbye to him happily in the coming summer.

For me, I’m not sure a move to Bristol City would be a good fit. It’s a bit of a stale signing, which the Robins definitely don’t need this summer.

Whether or not Pritchard is better suited to QPR (also linked) or needs to really take a step back to find his best, I do wonder.

Either way, it’s a big summer for Pritchard, who has to go some to convince a suitor to take him on.

Phil Spencer

This could certainly be a good move for Bristol City.

Alex Pritchard has endured more than his fair share of injuries which has stopped him from really showing his ability, but there’s no doubt how big a player he can be at Championship level.

His creativity would be a real asset for the Robins and so if the club could see off the rest of the competition then this could be a decent move.

With Pritchard available on a free transfer there’s relatively small risk in this move so that means that it’s a deal that they should look to pursue.

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Toby Wilding

I’m not entirely convinced that this is a signing Bristol City need to make in all honesty.

When you look at the make up of their squad at this moment in time, it does seem as though they are pretty well stocked in terms of the options they possess in Pritchard’s midfield position, meaning it may not be a big priority for the Robins.

Indeed, with Pritchard having been rather inconsistent in recent seasons for Huddersfield, you do wonder whether he could make the impact required were he to make the move to Ashton Gate.

Admittedly, Pritchard’s contract situation means he could be affordable for Bristol City, and they may weaken one or two of their rivals by getting it done, but I do feel that, on the whole, there may be more suitable options out there for them to target this summer.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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