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It has been reported that Bristol City attacking midfielder Sammy Szmodics may leave Ashton Gate on loan in January, according to the Bristol Post.
The 24-year-old has been on the radar of Hull City and Huddersfield Town, who have formally submitted their interest in the Robins player. He may decide to take the gamble in January after a lack of first-team football for Bristol City this season.
Szmodics has featured just twice for the Robins in the Championship this term, featuring for a combined total of 86 minutes for the Ashton Gate club.
The attacker signed for the club in the summer from League Two side Colchester United, where Szmodics was at from the age of seven.
He played over 150 times for the Essex side, and had a good return of goals last season, scoring 15 times for the U’s in all competitions. That form persuaded Lee Johnson to secure his signature for the BS3 club, but the move has not gone as planned for either party.
What will be on the mind of Szmodics is which choice would be the right decision for him. Stay at Ashton Gate and fight for his place or get first-team Championship football elsewhere until the end of the season?
One negative for Szmodics if he was to leave Bristol City on a temporary basis would be integration into another dressing room. He has fit in well at Ashton Gate since arriving, and has struck up a good relationship with Josh Brownhill and Taylor Moore in particular.
Another issue is that a move to Yorkshire may also be out of his comfort zone.
On the other hand, it is a positive for all concerned that the two clubs who are showing interest are Championship sides.
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It is down to Szmodics and the club to decide what the best option would be, as he is currently behind Andreas Weimann, Famara Diedhiou and Marley Watkins in the pecking order at Bristol City.
That will mean that if he decides to leave in January, he can get used to the pace of the league by playing games, before returning to Bristol City in the summer and fighting for a starting place.