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Transfer battle with Middlesbrough and Huddersfield should not be a Bristol City priority in January: Opinion



The 2022 January window could be a pivotal one for Bristol City, who have looked rudderless in recent weeks and drifted to within seven points of the relegation zone.

Derby County’s EFL punishment and Reading’s pending points deduction look to have boosted the survival hopes of all the other teams in the bottom half of the Championship this season but the Robins are far from safe.

Their dismal displays in recent weeks have done little to convince that there are many worse teams in the division than them right now, though they’ve at least led CEO Richard Gould to suggest that signings will be made in the upcoming transfer window.

With less than two months to go until January, rumours continue to circle about potential targets and tugs-of-war but there is one deal that City should be steering clear of next time the transfer market opens.

According to the Daily Mail, Wimbledon defender Nesta Guinness-Walker is a player on the Robins’ radar – though they’re said to face competition from Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town.

Dons boss Mark Robinson has told London News Online he’s keen to tie down the 22-year-old to a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in 2022.

If the left-back’s contract situation is not sorted by January, then the south London club may be forced to entertain offers for him or face the risk of seeing him walk away for nothing at the end of the season.

Put quite simply, City should not be one of the clubs making a bid for the defender.

There’s no question he’s a talented young player but in Jay Dasilva and Cam Pring, the Robins have two better options already at the club and both in the infancy of their own careers.

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Gould has admitted that money is likely to be spent in the upcoming window but there has rarely been too much of it at Ashton Gate in recent years and there are plenty of areas of the squad in need of more attention.

Another goalscorer is needed up top, preferably a physical striker, while a midfield destroyer would be a welcome addition, and the shortage of attacking options on the flanks is laughable with Nigel Pearson seemingly not keen to turn to the academy products at the moment.

Those three areas should be a much higher priority than a deal for Guinness-Walker, even if they think they can get it done on the cheap.

In that sense, getting caught up in a battle with Boro and Huddersfield for the defender would be mystifying.

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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Transfer battle with Middlesbrough and Huddersfield should not be a Bristol City priority in January: Opinion

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