Bristol City are still battling for their Championship survival but it seems that manager Lee Johnson is already planning for next season – with the club seven points clear of MK Dons in the relegation fight.
He told the press yesterday, as reported by the official Bristol City Twitter account, that he would be ready to rebuild in the summer if the club lose their loan players at the club for next term:
LJ: "When we get to the summer and lose our loans we must rebuild. If we manage to retain our Championship status, it'll be a huge summer."— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) April 7, 2016
But a report in the Bristol Post this week discussed the chances of keeping these temporary players.
Bristol City have the likes of Bournemouth striker Lee Tomlin, Alex Pearce from Derby County and Nathan Baker, Adam Matthews and Peter Odemwingie from Aston Villa, Sunderland and Stoke City respectively.
The Bristol Post suggested that the club was very hopeful of signing Pearce. It also said the club will be speaking to Sunderland regarding Welsh international Matthews, a deal that looks likely.
The other names are more difficult.
Aston Villa’s impending relegation could scupper a move for Baker, who may be wanted at Villa Park for a second tier campaign.
Tomlin would like to remain in the Premier League whilst Odemwingie is open to staying but has offers from abroad.