Hooked off at half-time, an assist and unused sub - How Bristol City summer departures fared on debuts

It was a losing start for Bristol City and their new recruits but how did the players that left them this summer fare on their debuts?
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Bristol City opened their season with an unfortunate 2-1 defeat away at Hull City, losing in controversial circumstances, dominating the talk of the Championship.

A debatable penalty decision which saw Benjamin Tetteh go down, allowed Ozan Tufon to score from the penalty spot before Jean Michaël Seri’s strike deflected off of Timm Klose for a late winner for the Tigers.

Losing a game late on and dropping points from a winning position is a theme that the Robins want to get away from having witnessed it all too many times last season.

Despite the loss on Humberside, there were plenty of positives to take out of it and attention now turns to the first home game of the season as they welcome Sunderland who are back in the second tier after four years.

City’s team had a number of new faces, but what about the players that departed for pastures new this summer?

We take a look at how the players fared in their first games with their new clubs after leaving Ashton Gate.

Kasey Palmer: For the first time since October 2021, Palmer made a Championship appearance.

Making his first competitive outing since a substitute appearance for City against Fulham in the FA Cup, Palmer made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Saturday’s opponents Sunderland.

Palmer was brought on in the 62nd minute with his side trailing but Viktor Gyokeres equalised in the 84th minute.

In the 28 minutes of action, he was given a rating of 6.16 by WhoScored, who are used by the EFL to shape their weekly, monthly and seasonal awards.

Callum O’Dowda: The player with the most to take from the weekend as O’Dowda, as he played a role in Cardiff’s 1-0 win over Championship favourites Norwich City.

O’Dowda playing on the left-side of a 4-2-3-1 played 81 minutes, setting up fellow debutant Romaine Sawyers for the only goal of the game.

The Republic of Ireland international did a neat bit of skill before laying it to the midfielder to curl one past Tim Krul.

Coming out on top of the WhoScored ratings out of the City players to have left, he was given a pleasant 7.03 rating.

Robbie Cundy: Cundy was a player that made his own decision about his future rather than the club.

He was offered a new deal by the Robins but having only broken into the senior team from January, he sought assurances from elsewhere regarding playing time.

Cundy made his debut for Barnsley in League One against Plymouth Argyle in the centre of a back-three, in a similar system to what he had with City.

Things didn’t go to plan however as he was brought off at half-time for Conor McCarthy. Explaining why he made the substitution, manager Michael Duff said: “We felt Robbie was getting isolated one v one so we went for a few more legs in there. “I am not going to put any blame on anyone. He’s not the reason we were 1-0 down. I made the decision. We win together, we lose together.”

WhoScored gave him a lowly rating of 5.94.

Saikou Janneh: It was a relatively brief appearance for Janneh on his first appearance since leaving City on a permanent basis. He came on in second-half stoppage time for James Brophy as they were able to hold out for a 1-0 win over MK Dons.

In what was a minute of action, he was given a rating of 6.0 by WhoScored.

Taylor Moore: Playing his first competitive match at Shrewsbury Town under former City boss Steve Cotterill, Moore was deployed as a defensive midfielder.

Cotterill spoke of his plans to turn the centre-back into a midfielder which could be his long-term position. The 25-year-old played the entirety of the goalless draw with Morecambe with a 6.86 rating by WhoScored.

Tyreeq Bakinson: There was a dramatic six-goal thriller at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth, two of the favourites for League One, drew 3-3. Named on the bench but not brought on however was Tyreeq Bakinson, who was sold to the Owls in late July.

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