Southampton are thought to be one of many top-flight sides eyeing up a move for Bristol City’s loan manager Brian Tinnion, as per a report from Bristol Live.
It is understood that Tinnion, who made over 500 appearances for the Robins as a player, has grown tired of the club’s policy in the transfer market.
The 51-year-old Englishman feels as though the signings brought in over the summer are preventing first-team opportunities for the club’s homegrown academy prospects.
Indeed, at Southampton Tinnion would be presented with the perfect opportunity to nourish the club’s next generation of stars, just like they have done so well over the years. The Saints have produced some magnificent talent from their youth set-up throughout the previous 20 years – notably the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Bristol City have welcomed Jay Dasilva from Chelsea, Han-Noah Massengo from Monaco and Pedro Pereira from Benfica on loan this summer, which although will strengthen their squad this season, has also been seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth to the Gloucestershire side’s homegrown players.
A move away from Bristol City may not be easy for Tinnion; he has devoted the majority of his life to the club. If he has grown fed-up of the lack of opportunities presented to the club’s young players in recent seasons, though, then a change of scenery makes plenty of sense.
As previously mentioned, Southampton are a club in which have always given youth a chance, with current first-team players Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse both products of the academy system at St. Mary’s, so he’d definitely have plenty of chances to nurture more through to the senior side if he made a move to the south coast.
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