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.
However, despite City head coach Lee Johnson saying of his capture: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Gustav to Ashton Gate. He’s a Swedish international who has excellent finishing ability. I’m sure he will adjust quickly to the pace and tempo of the Sky Bet Championship and when he does he’ll be really dangerous,” the youngster has not found favour at the club.
Since signing for the Robins, Engvall, who has two full international caps as well as 43 youth caps, has made just two appearances in the Sky Bet Championship totalling a mere 40 minutes. Frustrated at not being able to break through into the side, a side being led by 19 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.
However, that move is in jeopardy, say the Bristol Post, with any conclusion of the move: “entirely dependent upon the severity of the injury suffered by Bristol City striker Tammy Abraham last week,” an injury suffered early in a 2-1 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road.
Not only will a move back to Sweden and regular football be scuppered for the youngster but, should Abraham’s injury also that he will miss games, the young Swede will be forced to remain at Ashton Gate and have to settle for the role of back-up support for strikers such as Milan Djuric, Matty Taylor and even Aaron Wilbraham who are all ahead of him in the pecking order in BS3.