The 2019/20 season wasn’t the most successful for Bristol City, once more missing out on the play-off positions despite an influx of loan players with great experience.
We’ve looked into where each of the loanees brought to Ashton Gate by Lee Johnson that season have spent this campaign having returned to their parent clubs.
A popular figure in South Bristol, Benik Afobe appeared to finally offer Johnson his 20 goal a season striker when he was brought in the later hours of transfer deadline day.
He appeared a fall-back for the Robins after a failed pursuit of Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah but began his season on an impressive run of from scoring three times in four games.
An unfortunate and freak injury in training resulted in a major ACL injury that would’ve normally ended his season, but the Coronavirus break offered him the opportunity to return.
He didn’t quite manage to reach the same level, even being played on the left-wing which lead to Bristol City deciding to not make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neil originally wanted to keep Afobe but he has once again ended up on loan away from the Bet365 Stadium, this time at Turkish giants Trabzonspor.
He has only managed to find the back of the net four times in 24 appearances, but it’s not all doom and gloom as he was part of the side that won the Turkish Super Cup.
When his loan expires this season, he will still have another year on his Stoke contract, but it remains to be seen whether Afobe will play for the Potters again.
A product of the Benfica youth academy, Pedro Pereira was brough in on loan to compete with Jack Hunt for the right-back spot and that he did throughout the season.
He contributed with two goals and one assist in 21 matches, as both him and Hunt rotated duties, with Bristol City once again deciding against making the move permanent instead opting to sign Steven Sessegnon on loan from Fulham.
Pereira signed for Crotone in Serie A, the third club he’s turned out for in Italy’s first division, where he’s already played 24 times this campaign assisting on three occasions.
Crotone currently sit bottom of the league with only 12 points, but it means the Portuguese right-back has gone from facing Sammy Ameobi to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The first of the January loanees, Filip Benkovic joined the Robins as they fought of interest from Celtic to secure the services of the Croatian centre-back from Leicester City.
He scored two goals and only played ten times, with Nathan Baker, Tomas Kalas and Zak Vyner preferred by both Johnson and Dean Holden as the play-off ambitions fizzled out.
Benkovic returned to Leicester, only to be once again loaned to England’s second tier with Cardiff City, where he fell out of favour with Neil Harris and only played once.
He has now joined OH Leuven, a club also owned by the King Power group that own the Foxes, where now Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson used to manage.
He is yet to make an appearance for the side, with no games played since he signed on loan this January.
Joining on loan from Hull City having fallen out of favour, Markus Henriksen looked impressive on his debut against Derby County but sadly that was the peak.
He only appeared four times for Robins having made the decision to not renew his loan after “Project Restart” leaving him a free agent having seen out his contract with Hull.
He has returned to his native Norway with Rosenburg, making nine league appearances so far and failing to score or assist in any competition.
Rosenburg finished fourth in the league last year and are yet to begin their 2021 season, where they’ll be pushing once more for European football.