The summer transfer window is fast approaching and there is newfound positivity at Bristol City as they’re on course to finish the season in strong form – having taken seven points from their last three games.
Inconsistency has been rife for the Robins this term and though there has been a number of impressive performances, those have often been paired with frustrating results.
The last few weeks does seem to have shown some progress is being made in what is Nigel Pearson’s first full season at the helm and he’ll be looking to make more changes to his squad this summer to ensure that continues.
He’s already admitted that there isn’t going to be a huge amount of money to spend, which may well mean the Robins will need to shift a few of their current players before they can bring in any new additions.
We’re looking at potential departures today and highlighting whether these City players that may be in the shop this summer should be sold or kept…
It’s been another season of frustration for Kasey Palmer, who has fallen out of favour completely and is someone that City should be looking to sell in the summer.
Birmingham City were linked in January and are reportedly (The Sunday People (24/04/22) via BirminghamLive) set to reignite their interest, which is something that the South West club should look to take advantage of.
Any fee would be useful but clearing his salary (£20,000-a-week as per Salary Sport) off the wage bill is surely more important.
There’s no denying Nahki Wells’ goalscoring record in the Championship but things just haven’t worked out for him at Ashton Gate and the upcoming window looks like the appropriate time to sell him.
Wells has the highest wage at the club (£27,000-a-week as per Salary Sport) but has been down the pecking order this season – suggesting that keeping hold of him just doesn’t make financial sense.
With his contract set to expire next summer, this represents the Robins’ last proper chance to get a fee for him but again it’s getting him off their wage bill that is most significant.
One of three young City stars that are attracting attention from bigger clubs heading into the summer, midfielder Han-Noah Massengo has been linked with Ligue 1 side Lyon as well as Premier League duo Leicester City and Southampton.
He’s out of contract next year and is yet to agree new terms despite an offer being on the table since January.
Assuming he doesn’t sign an extension, City should be open to selling the 20-year-old in the summer window.
It would be disappointing to see him go before he’s fulfilled his potential but we know selling assets is a part of the Robins’ business plan while it could be particularly important given their recent financial issues and may even mean they can keep Antoine Semenyo and Alex Scott.
Taylor Moore has spent the season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Hearts and Pearson’s previous comments suggest he has no part in his plans for the future.
The defender has admitted recently he needs to have serious conversations with the club about his future and you feel it would make sense for them to look to cash in with centre-back likely to be an area that City look to strengthen in the upcoming window.
When it comes to Zak Vyner, it’s really all about whether there is a market for him.
The 24-year-old will have been hoping to establish himself in the side this term but now finds himself out of favour.
Vyner is a useful player to have in the squad given his versatility but he’s a player that the club should look to sell if it raises some funds for them to use on new arrivals.
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At the turn of the year, it looked as though this summer could spell the end of Jay Dasilva’s tenure but the defender has fought his way back into contention.
He’s proven his worth to Pearson in recent months and though his contract does expire next summer, he’s someone the Robins should be looking to keep around.
With Dasilva and Cam Pring in the squad, left-back is not an area that City need to strengthen in the upcoming window.
It’s been another eye-catching season for Antoine Semenyo, who has been brilliant since recovering from injury and continued to grow on the back of his breakthrough season last term.
With seven goals and 10 assists, 2021/22 has been the most productive campaign of the 22-year-old’s career and City should look to keep him around if they can.
There have already been plenty of links – with nine clubs reportedly watching him – but unless a big offer is made, the Robins shouldn’t cash in.
What a campaign it has been for 18-year-old Alex Scott, who has gone from academy player to one of the first names on the team sheet.
Plenty of big clubs have been linked ahead of the upcoming window but the Robins have the security of the long-term deal Scott signed back in August.
Such is his potential that City are likely going to have let him leave one day but the summer is too soon.