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The Inside Line: Pre-Bolton Wanderers (H)

Here are some of the talking points from Head Coach Lee Johnson:

Kasey Palmer
“I see Kasey fitting in centrally. I like him as a number 10 or an eight/10 depending on which formation is played. We’ve been scoring goals and keeping clean sheets in recent weeks which is good and we want to add a bit of sparkle which we think Kasey can do. If you are making direct comparisons with Bobby Reid there’s a lot in the way they handle the ball, the sharpness and the power to move in behind. It’ll be interesting to see whether Kasey has that instinct that we worked on with Bobby to come short and spin."


Kasey will be deployed through the middle
Marlon Pack is one of multiple midfield options

Midfield options
“Kasey’s main purpose will be in that eight/10 attacking midfield role. We have now got different attributes in there with Marlon Pack, steady, assured, good in the build-up play; Browny (Josh Brownhill) who is busy but can also play that deeper role; Pato (Jamie Paterson) who can play that eight/10 role and wide as well. So we have a lot of options and mobility in our midfield and that’s what I think you need at this level.”

Tammy Abraham recommendation and City’s relationship with Chelsea
“Naturally the players are close because they have been brought up in the Chelsea youth team together. We have a fantastic relationship with Chelsea. It’s worked with both parties for all the signings that we’ve had from them. They are quality players. Chelsea heavily invested in their youth system over the last 10 years and you can see that coming through and it’s great that we get to work with a very talented English player in Kasey. He is a player I believe in and a player I believe can be successful at this level.”

Jay Dasilva is one of three Chelsea players on loan at City
Loan offers have been made for Mo Eisa

Mo Eisa
“We’ve had a number of offers for Mo. It would be fantastic for Mo to make another little step before he is ready to be an absolute regular starter. He has jumped up six leagues in 18 months and done very well and he is looking good in training. Sometimes when we sign these young players who haven’t had this exposure I like to let them have a look at it for a while. It means that when they come into it they come into it properly they completely understand the systems - because it is intricate with the way we play and what we demand off the players - and you have to have a certain tactical grounding and often that takes six or seven months. Niclas Eliasson is a good example of that. Mo is very hungry to play and score goals. I’ll sit down with Mo in the next five to 10 days and discuss all the various options including staying and fighting for his place.”


Max O’Leary
“We’ve seen how well he performs. He is on our bench at the moment. There has been league offers for him to go on loan. You want to allow him to continue his path and his progression but you also want to be able to recall him and you can only do that if we loan him to the Conference. We believe in him as a long-term prospect having come through our Academy and he has to be fighting for a true number one spot in the next year to 18 months.”

Academy product Max O'Leary is highly regarded by Lee Johnson
Korey Smith could be back in action by mid-February

Korey Smith and Liam Walsh
“We are looking at a mid-February return for those two though Walshy may be a week ahead of Korey but it’s good to see them out there and they will be doing a lot of running between now and then!”

New loan signing Kasey Palmer was also introduced to the media, after his arrival in BS3 from Chelsea.

The attacking midfielder joins City until the end of the season.

Here is what he told the media in his first press conference as a Robin:

Why Bristol City

"It (finding out about the interest) been quite recent, to be fair. My agent told me about it but as soon as I heard about the interest it was something I was always considering and likely to do because of the style of play, the manager and the way they are playing at the minute is appealing.

Palmer explains why he was attracted to the club
Palmer is excited to be playing through the middle

Playing his preferred position

"As soon as he said I was playing my preferred position, that was a major thing to get back enjoying my football. I want to play attacking midfield or the number eight, advanced midfielder. Coming off the side if needed but it’s not my position, really."

Knowing Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas

"Yes. I know Jay more because I played with him in the youth system [at Chelsea]. Tammy [Abraham] was complimentary and everyone has had their input but the club appeals by itself.

Kalas (pictured), Palmer and Dasilva are all reunited
Palmer can't wait to entertain the City fans

Learning from his past

"I have learnt different things at all clubs. Promotion with Huddersfield Town was successful but at Blackburn I learnt how to deal with setbacks. They have all added to the person I am today.

"City were giving me a bit of stick before (City beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 earlier in the season). It was all friendly banter and hopefully I can win them over by getting on the pitch and performing."

Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers kicks-off at 3pm this Saturday (January 12th).

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