Newport County manager Michael Flynn has revealed to the South Wales Argus that he’d love to welcome back Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo this winter.
The 19-year-old was solid for the Exiles as they ended up fighting their way to a play-off final, only to lose to a last-gasp goal against Tranmere at the end of May. His loan had been cut short following a January recall after he bagged six goals in 32 outings and settled into senior football with relative ease.
He returned to the Robins and seemed set to get a run in their side, but his impact has been limited. With just eight appearances and no goals to his name, there is a chance he could head back out for a temporary spell.
Flynn revealed if there was a chance of a recall, he’d love to have him back.
“I don’t know if he’s a possibility, but he’s somebody that I’d love to have back,” said the Exiles boss. “I wanted to keep him here [in January] but it was out of my hands. We’re trying. We’re talking to all the local clubs – Bristol City, Swansea, Cardiff, everyone.”
Newport have tumbled down the table after a promising start to the season. They’re currently in 12th with a game or two in hand of the clubs above them, but four points outside the play-offs and 12 points shy of Swindon at the summit.
Semenyo certainly impressed at Rodney Parade last season and there was even talk of a move to Chelsea, but that hasn’t materialised. What the player needs now is senior football, a run in a side that brings games, competitive ones too, not Under 23 football.
Manager Lee Johnson has suggested he can head out on loan, but surely League One would be a more suitable destination to offer a different challenge to before. That’s been the way Johnson has worked in the past, with Joe Morrell playing National League, then League Two before finally moving to Lincoln this summer.
He’s broken into the Wales side on the back of his management by the Robins and whilst international honours will elude Semenyo, he’s still ripe for a lower League One club to offer him a decent platform.