Bristol City would like to bring in more new players but will have to consider moving more players out, reveals Nigel Pearson.
Mark Sykes, Kai Naismith, Kane WIlson and Stefan Bajic have all joined but the latter’s arrival was three weeks ago.
They have so far let Kasey Palmer, Tyreeq Bakinson and teenager Reuben McAllister leave for fees and also allowed Saikou Janneh to move on, whilst Robbie Cundy departed on a free transfer after.
Most players are in Pearson’s plans for the upcoming season, which means a few question marks on who could depart next.
He said: “We are a bit thin and we know that. We can’t at the moment currently do any more business until we get further players out but I’m not going to comment on that.
“The players that are currently here have shown commitment to what we are trying to do.
“If we want to make further changes it will have to be a bit of trading. With a week to go before the season I’m not too bothered by that. I was speaking to Scott Parker before the game and they’ve had a tough time making additions.
“I believe that because of their foreign ownership they haven’t been able to do the type of business they want to do, it’s not just us.”
There has been talk over the last few weeks about Tommy Conway being sent out on loan by the club.
Conway has been one of City’s best performers in pre-season and scored a brace against Exeter City earlier in the week.
That was matched by a new three-year deal for the 19-year-old who has gone from a ball boy to first-team player.
The striker also came on for a cameo appearance against Bournemouth and whilst he didn’t find the net, he did cause problems for a Premier League defence.
A decision may have been made however with a stay at the High Performance Centre the more likely thing to happen given the lack of numbers, given the injury to Antoine Semenyo.
Asked whether the new deal he received was an indication he was in his plans, Pearson responded: “He can’t not be. We haven’t got any other players. The players that you have seen today are “in the squad.
“You have to understand that there will be players we might put out on loan this year but we can’t afford to let any of these players go at the moment.
“We haven’t got the depth in the first-team squad but Tommy is definitely in the first-team squad anyway, he won’t be going anywhere.”
There was also a brief mention for James Taylor, who appeared in a few pre-season matches.
Taylor was one of a few of the younger players that departed on loan, he has been sent to Cheltenham Town, where he will work under former Robins captain Wade Elliott.
Pearson said: “Hopefully it’ll be very beneficial for him. He’s played his part for us a couple of times. He’s not one of the players in the first-team so it was good for him.”