Loan Targets: Can City raid the young talents of Chelsea and Liverpool once more?

by Sam Haskins ¦ @SamHaskins15 

The signing of Joe Williams last week has the Bristol City faithful eagerly awaiting confirmation of more additions to their side ahead of the new season. With the COVID-19 pandemic still having a large impact on clubs’ income, the loan market may be the best option to bolster squads for the compact 2020/21 season.

Here are some possible targets that City fans may find appealing.

Steven Sessegnon

Needing cover in defence, City are reportedly leading the chase to sign the youngster on a season long loan, which would allow him to boost his minutes in first team football having only accumulated 717 thus far with Fulham.

The former England U17 World Cup winner is known to be fairly versatile, making his debut in August 2017 as a right back but has also featured on the left side of defence or in midfield. 

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Brother of Spurs’ Ryan, Sessegnon is both a realistic and exciting potential addition.

With an 83% pass success rate he triumphs over Jack Hunt’s 67.3% and his reputation of being comfortable on the ball shows that he fits Dean Holden’s intended style of playing on the front foot. The preferred 3-5-2 formation would also allow the wingbacks to work together in defence and attack to both support the forward men and back three, with one sitting whilst the other presses forward.

The prior England U20 experience of working under assistant coach Paul Simpson may also cement Fulham’s decision to send Sessegnon to BS3 ahead of rivals Swansea City and Reading.

Ethan Ampadu

Competition at the back is high with the return of Taylor Moore from loan and Zak Vyner, who impressed during the restart, but with Nathan Baker prone to injuries, centre back is definitely a position City require  more depth.

Ampadu is another player in desperate need of first team football after his somewhat disappointing loan at German side RB Leipzig last season, only making seven appearances during his spell abroad.

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A disappointing loan spell in Germany won’t put second tier clubs off the 19-year-old.

The Chelsea man was previously linked with City back in January, possibly meaning he is still on the Robins’ radar, especially with his 90% pass success rate; another youngster who would suit Holden’s on the front-foot mentality.

Some reports are suggesting that Frank Lampard is keen on keeping the Welsh international for the new season, but with the expected arrivals of Thiago Silva and Declan Rice it’s difficult to see where Ampadu would get minutes, making him a possible candidate for another loan, or even a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.

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Fikayo Tomori

According to the ever reliable Twitter, Thiago Silva’s arrival at Chelsea could see England international Fikayo Tomori head out on loan for a fourth time. 

Much like Sessegnon, Tomori has played under Paul Simpson during the England U20 World Cup win in 2017, which could appeal to him if he were to be sent out on loan.

Known for his pace, tackling and passing, Tomori has plenty of Championship experience, his best season coming with Derby during 2018/19, which saw him win their Player of the Year award.

Since then he has featured in Chelsea’s first team 15 times, scoring a memorable first goal from outside the box in a 5-2 win against Wolves, and has made four appearances in the Champions League.

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Tomori celebrates his stunner at Wolves with former-City striker Tammy Abraham.

It has been rumoured that Everton are keen on signing the Chelsea academy product which makes it unlikely that any Championship side will win his signature, but we can all dream can’t we?

Rhian Brewster

Another player that would excite any Championship side is Rhian Brewster, after his outstanding effort at Swansea last season.

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Having scored 11 goals in 21 appearances for the Swans (including playoffs), the Liverpool loanee stamped his authority on the Championship, helping Swansea sneak into 6th place on the last day, albeit missing out to Thomas Frank’s Brentford in the play-off semi-finals.

With his prolific goal scoring record and with Nahki Wells and Famara Diedhiou alongside him, City could easily hit 40 goals between the trio increasing chances of a play-off finish or even an automatic push; much like Brentford’s ‘BMW’ in the last campaign with 59 goals between them.

However, if Brewster were to come back to the Championship it would most likely be another deal for Swansea, as Steve Cooper not only brought the best out of him last year but has also worked with him within Liverpool’s ranks too at their U23s.

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