Daily Mail’s journalist Craig Hope has gone on to give an update recently that Bristol City’s midfielder Josh Brownhill is on the verge of moving to Premier League outfit Burnley. The midfield ace is having a medical ahead of a £10m move. The 24-year-old emerged as a mainstay in midfield in Lee Johnson’s side this season, and he was even-handed the captaincy in the summer.
Given that Bristol City are chasing promotion and are currently occupying the sixth spot on the table, it is slightly surprising to see them sell their main man in midfield. However, Burnley have made more than a generous offer of £10m, and that has seemingly done the trick.
Why were Burnley expected to go after a midfielder?
The Clarets are currently occupied at the 13th spot on the table. They earned two back to back crucial wins to get them out of the relegation muddle for now. Burnley needed to add more depth and quality in midfield as they currently have only three outright central midfield players in Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood and Jeff Hendrick. Hence, it is not surprising to see them strengthen in midfield.
What will Brownhill bring to the table?
The Warrington born ace has been in good form so far this season, and he has contributed with five goals and two assists in the Championship. The midfielder has come up from Preston North End’s academy, and he has 18 months left on his contract with Bristol City.
Brownhill can play in various roles in the middle, and he can be seen as a central or as an attacking midfielder. The 24-year-old is a tenacious midfielder who works his socks off whenever he is on the pitch. To go with his work rate, the midfielder has decent technical qualities on the ball. The midfielder can score the odd goal from range, and he would be a worthy addition in Dyche’s setup.
However, the £10m price tag seems a bit steep to us for the midfielder. But it is understandable why the Clarets have to pay £10m for him as signing crucial first-team players midway through the season isn’t easy. We believe that with a bit of experience, Brownhill has it in him to thrive in the Premier League.
He seems to be a very Sean Dyche kind of a player, and he is currently in his prime as he is 24. It remains to be seen what kind of role he would be given to play in Burnley’s midfield. We would likely see him alongside Ashley Westwood in the middle in a box to box role if at all the deal is completed before the end of the window.