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Sky Sports pundit issues verdict on sacrifice made at Bristol City

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Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchliffe has revealed that he believes the “sacrifice” that Bristol City have made to let captain Josh Brownhill leave and bring in striker Nahki Wells makes sense for their season aspirations. 

The Robins are sixth in the Championship as things stand and had a very busy last few days of the transfer window.

After very little movement for the majority of January, the South West side made three signings in the last two days of the window–adding Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic and Hull City midfielder Markus Henriksen on loan, and signing Wells permanently from Burnley for £5 million.

That was not the only bit of business that City did with Burnley in the window, however, as the Premier League club signed Brownhill for £9 million.

The 24-year-old has been an integral figure for the Robins this season, starting 28 times for Lee Johnson’s side and wearing the captain’s armband.

Speaking on the Sky Sports EFL podcast, Hinchcliffe assessed the decision to bring Wells in and let Brownhill leave the club.

He said: “I think for Bristol City it’s not been the perfect season by any means. For Lee Johnson, a striker was a priority.

“Yes, Diedhiou is getting better. He always threatens to be brilliant but then he never quite produces. But then if you bring Wells in that just gives you an alternative. You can play with a front two or play with Wells leading the line, or Diedhiou, so you can chop and change there.

“I suppose Lee (Johnson) was willing to sacrifice one of the Championship’s best central midfielders in Brownhill and balance the books a little bit because you have always got to think along those lines.”

He added: “It seems like a big player to lose in Brownhill but I think City fans understand that it’s good money for him and also they’ve brought in a player that can fire them into the play-offs.

“So it does make sense to me.”

City have won five of their last six Championship games and will be looking to extend that run against Birmingham City on Saturday.

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The Verdict

Hinchcliffe makes a very strong point here. Brownhill was one of the finest central midfielders in the Championship and was, of course, their captain.

With that in mind, losing a player like him would be a blow to any club and is likely a bit of a heartbreaker to many fans.

However, City desperately needed reinforcements in the final third and have got some other options in central midfielder.

It is far from ideal. But if Wells can fire them into the play-offs, the sale of Brownhill won’t hurt as much.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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