Bristol City narrowly missed out on a play-off spot last season, and their success can largely be accredited to the performances of Chelsea loanees Tomáš Kalas, Jay DaSilva and Kasey Palmer.

Together, the trio amassed 81 appearances for the Robins last campaign and their strong performances have resulted in City boss Lee Johnson attempting to sign them permanently.

Jay Dasilva (3) of Bristol City on the attack chased by Pawel Olkowski (16) of Bolton Wanderers during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England on 12 January 2019.

Johnson confirmed that a deal is in place for DaSilva to join City permanently should the left-back wish to return to Bristol. The youngster is currently on England duty at the U21 European Championships. While Bristol City are in the driving seat to sign the 5ft7in defender, DaSilva is likely to receive interest from a number of clubs in both the Championship and the Premier League, and is expected to weigh up his options when he returns from England duty.

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Similarly, Tomáš Kalas is yet to make a decision about his future, with Robins’ boss Lee Johnson desperate to land the Czech defender on a permanent contract. However, a number of other potential suitors may be able to lure Kalas away from City, with the offer of higher wages, and perhaps even Premier League football. Kalas is currently away on holiday, but like DaSilva, is expected to decide which team he joins when he returns to England.

Finally, Kasey Palmer is perhaps the least-likely of the Chelsea trio to rejoin the Robins, having only played a sporadic role in City’s team last campaign. The attacking-midfielder was limited to just 15 appearances for Lee Johnson’s team and is likely to prefer a move to a club that offers him more regular football. Palmer has previously played Championship football for Derby and Huddersfield, but again was limited to primarily substitute appearances. Therefore, the 22-year-old’s priority for 2019/20 is game time. Nonetheless, Johnson is a keen admirer of the midfielder, and perhaps with a pre-season under his belt at Ashton Gate, Palmer may be able to secure a starting role for the Robins.


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