20-year-old Swedish striker Gustav Engvall joined Bristol City at the end of the summer transfer window last year, joining the Robins from Swedish side IFK Gothenburg on a three-year deal with an option of a further year for a fee thought to be in the region of £2 million.
As with any move, you’d be expecting to feature for the side that signed you, but that hasn’t been the case for young Swedish forward Engvall who has struggled to gain any game time this season whilst at Ashton Gate. So far this season, the 20-year-old has only 40 minutes of Championship experience under his belt, from just the two appearances against Reading (a 2-1 loss) and Brentford (a 1-0 loss).
Frustrated at not being able to break through into the side, a side being led by the goals from on-loan Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham, a loan move was said to be close that would have taken the young Swede back to his homeland with Djurgården in news according to the Swedish press.
That move fell through with the Robins undergoing something of an injury crisis and with the management team at Ashton Gate wanting to retain Engvall to provide the necessary cover. Engvall, who hasn’t featured in the matchday squad since January 21 for Lee Johnson’s side. In an interview with Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet, Engvall has admitted that this has left him not feeling very good.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, Engvall said of the fallen-through transfer and recall back to Bristol City: “I felt shocked. It was hard. I have been better.” The frustrated young Swede went on to say that he won’t be playing in tonight’s fixture against a high-flying Huddersfield side. On this he said: “Bristol has a match tomorrow, Friday, but there is no idea that I go there then. ”
Instead the young striker says that he will likely go back to Sweden to spend time with his family and train ahead of joining up with the Swedish Under-21 side, which he hopes will “give me some positive energy.”
However, he says that this inaction will not make him give up and that he intends to carry on striving to be a success saying: “Now I have to bite the bullet and take me through this.”