Who will replace Billy Bodin at Bristol Rovers?

The former Bristol Rovers man scored 11 goals in 24 matches for the Gas this season, which attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs for the skillful winger from Swindon. Bodin, who can also play in the Number 10 position scored his final Rovers goal against Oldham Athletic with Preston North End Boss Alex Neil in the stands watching his performance, the Lancashire club soon came in and purchased the winger for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around the £400/500k mark on the 3rd of January 2018.

Although this has meant Rovers losing their best player, this is a good bit of business by the Club with Bodin having only 6 months left on his contract and the deal being completed so early in January, Darrell Clarke has time to find a new replacement before the window closes.

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George Cooper, Crewe Alexandra

The 21 year old has impressed at Crewe this season getting 9 assists in a side which is struggling to find a good run of form. The versatile playmaker who is also handy from set pieces lacks experience at League 1 level, which could work to his advantage slotting in as Bodin’s replacement running fearlessly at opposition defenders. Although only scoring once this season, his tricky footwork and sweet left foot could mean he is the perfect replacement, lighting up fellow strikers Ellis Harrison and Rory Gaffney’s eyes if this man transfers to the Memorial Stadium.

Ricky Miller, Peterborough United

With Peterborough’s strikers in fine form it has been hard for Miller to knuckle down a starting position at the club, especially with the 28 year olds actions on and of the pitch for biting an opposition player and assaulting a police officer. Miller has a record of 60 goals in 86 appearances for former club Dover Athletic, showing he certainly knows where the goal is, however many Rovers fans would say the striker does not fit into Darrell Clarkes philosophy, it will be interesting to see if the Gas make a move for the out of favour striker who has been heavily linked with a move to Rovers in the past. 

Eoin Doyle, Preston North End

Having already done business this window, both Rovers and Preston may be inclined to work together again to take the PNE attacker to the blue side of Bristol. Doyle has been on loan at Oldham for the first half of the season and has an impressive goal scoring record in a poor Oldham side, scoring 12 goals and getting 4 assists whilst on loan with the Latics. The 29 year old is now back at parent club Preston and is suffering with an injury, it is currently unclear how long the frontman will be out for. If Doyle’s injury is not a serious one, it could be worth Rovers making a loan move for him as knows where the goal is at this level and could be the answer the Gasheads are looking for.

Billy Kee, Accrington Stanley 

The stocky Stanley striker is a different player to Billy Bodin, however both players have an eager eye for goal. Kee has been in fine form Accrington Stanley this season scoring 15 goals and getting 6 assists making him the joint top scorer in EFL League 2 and is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs in League 1. The 27 year old could be the ideal replacement for Bodin and could form a fine strike partnership with Rory Gaffney who is a very different, less physical player to Kee. With Kee signing a three year deal only last year, it could mean the Gas spending a considerable amount of money on the striker, something which the owners may need to do, if the Club want to make a push for the Play Offs.

 

 

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Ryan Broom, Bristol Rovers

‘Broomy’ as many fans call him, is a product of the youth system at Bristol Rovers, the Welshman has been at the club since the age of 12, graduating through the ranks before being offered his first professional contract in 2015. The 21 year old has not yet broken into the first team, going out on loan to Taunton Town and Bath City respectively over the past few years, gaining valuable first team experience, this year Broom has mainly been a fringe player making the bench on occasions and is a more regular starter in the clubs Development Squad. With Bodin leaving, this may be the chance the young pacey midfield needs to impress Darrell Clarke, who is not afraid to play younger, less experienced players who have come from the Rovers youth system.

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