Injuries have greatly plagued Bristol City’s season to date, with numerous players having been sidelined this term, leaving the Robins short in key areas of the squad.
Therefore January really comes at a good time for the Ashton Gate outfit as they seek to bulk out their squad ahead of the second half of the campaign, with the play-offs not too far out of reach.
The mid-season window is traditionally a tricky one to navigate at the best of times, with clubs up and down the country searching for the few players who could potentially make the difference for them at a crucial point in the campaign.
An ongoing global pandemic and lack of funds means that many Championship clubs, including the Robins, may well see the loan market as their best bet over the coming weeks.
And as such Dean Holden’s side have been recently linked with signing Manchester City centre back Taylor Harwood-Bellis on loan, with the 18-year-old being seen as a real prospect for the future by Pep Guardiola and his staff at the Etihad.
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Admittedly, Bristol City do have a fair few central defenders at their disposal, however various injury problems encountered by the likes of Alfie Mawson and Nathan Baker have left them short at times this term, thus seeing Holden having to revert to a four at the back as opposed to his preferred three man backline.
Capable of playing out from the back when in possession, Harwood-Bellis has all the hallmarks of a City centre back and would certainly help with Bristol City’s transitional play when they regain the ball in their own half, with his ability to play precise passes into midfield being a real plus.
After recently signing a new four year deal with the Premier League side, a move on loan for regular first team football beckons.
With Ashton Gate having proven to have been a hotbed of success for top flight loanees in the past (Tammy Abraham immediately springs to mind), there are worse players that the young defender could end up at and this would certainly be a move that suits all parties if the Robins choose to pursue the teenager this month.