Former Bristol City midfielder told to improve as he falls out of favour at Sheff Wed

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Tyreeq Bakinson left Bristol City to join Sheffield Wednesday last summer - but a year on he's still having to prove himself.

Former Bristol City midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson is having to prove himself once more after falling out of favour at current club Sheffield Wednesday.

Bakinson joined the Owls for an undisclosed fee in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Robins boss Nigel Pearson. He did not stand in the way of any departure, and before leaving the West Country, he was training with the Under-23's.

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The 24-year-old, who spent the second part of last season on loan at Ipswich Town, joined their League One rivals, who are chasing promotion, but he has failed to make a mark so far at Hillsborough. Bakinson has played 26 times in all competitions this season but he has only started 12 times, and in the last ten matches he's been an unused substitute on six occasions.

"They've all stepped in and been given a chance to stake a claim," said Moore to the Sheffield Star about Bakinson, and his teammates Dennis Adeniran and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru. "Have any of them grabbed the bull by the horn?

"No, not really. But they know about it and they have to keep working and be ready for the next opportunity."

Bakinson makes his return to Bristol on Tuesday, April 18, when Wednesday travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers. The Camden-born midfieler spent five seasons as a player at City, joining for an undisclosed fee from Luton Town in August 2017.

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He had loan spells at Newport County and Plymouth Argyle, before getting an opportunity in the 2020/21 campaign, scoring four goals in 39 appearances in what was his breakout season. Bakinson played 14 times in Pearson's first full season at the club, and even had his contract extended, but a falling out with the manager had him shipped out and there was ultimately no way back for him after that.

Dele-Bashiru was linked with a move to City last summer, but Pearson downplayed those rumours. He is out-of-contract in the summer, and is a stalemate with the Yorkshire club, but a lack of first-team opportunities could make finding a new club harder, should he not pen new terms with Wednesday.

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