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James Crawley


Posted Wednesday, January 31st 2018

Johnson 'delighted' with January transfer signings

Lee Johnson says his trio of new signings have each brought "something different" to City.

Liam Walsh from Everton is the only permanent recruit to arrive at BS3 in this window, while Ryan Kent from Liverpool and Loïs Diony of Saint-Etienne have signed loan deals until the end of the season.

Head coach Johnson said he was "delighted" with his acquisitions and reaffirmed his belief in keeping the squad together, telling the media ahead of the trip to Bolton Wanderers that any move away for Gustav Engvall was entirely up to the Swedish striker.

He added there was a "0.0001 per cent" chance of making another signing, with the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm tonight (January 31st).

Johnson told BCTV: "Expect the unexpected. Nobody knows what will happen in the last 24 hours because it can be crazy.

"We have gone public before to say we do not want to lose players. We are delighted with those who we have brought in. Each has brought something different."


"We are delighted with those who we have brought in. Each has brought something different."

Head coach Lee Johnson

He added: "Ryan Kent is here on loan so its a short-term fix with his injection of speed, he has two assists already which is great.

"Liam Walsh we know is long-term but he’s ready. I think he will be disappointed with his performance against Manchester City and that’s a good challenge. I think the next time we play them, if we ever do, he will have learnt from that performance and be that bit sharper in the mind.

"Against Norwich City he was our best player so that’s the emotional roller coaster for a young player, but he’s one we believe will be excellent in the future, as have (Josh) Brownhill and (Callum) O’Dowda being other players we have signed [in the past]."

Liam Walsh
Ryan Kent
Loïs Diony

The head coach continued: "We have Loïs as well, who showed his pace and power [against QPR]. It was a difficult game to come into because we were down to ten men and I asked him to go into a tactical structure where he has had only one day’s worth of training for.

"He did well, he took on instructions, won flick-ons and he received a nasty foul in the corner but he stood up to it. We are looking forward to working with him for as much as we can."