Albert Adomah's return is like a new signing for us, says Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll
BRISTOL City head coach Sean O'Driscoll claims returning winger Albert Adomah can have the same impact as a new signing.
Back in Bristol after playing a starring role for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations during the previous month, the 25-year-old winger will go straight into City's squad for tomorrow's Severnside derby against runaway Championship leaders Cardiff.
And O'Driscoll believes the Londoner can play an integral part in helping the relegation-threatened Robins retain their second-tier status between now and May.
"It is like having a new player in the transfer window, except he is someone you never think you can afford or possibly attract," said City's head coach.
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"To have somebody like that coming into the squad is a big bonus for everybody."
It remains to be seen whether O'Driscoll pitches Adomah straight into the starting line-up after an absence of six weeks or keeps him on the bench to use as an impact substitute.
He said "Our training every day is based on principles and those who play have to adopt those principles.
"The problem with Albert is that he has missed four weeks of us drilling things into them.
"He has had two or three days training.
"He is a great asset to have and, like everyone else, we have to make sure we can use him in a position he feels he can do well.
"If that means him starting on Saturday, then we will do it. We will have to look at it, see what options we have and how we best utilise them."
A target for Crystal Palace in January, Adomah made five appearances for Ghana in South Africa, helping the Black Stars reach the semi-finals.
O'Driscoll said: "He looks fit and he has enjoyed the experience. He probably played more than he expected to, so the whole experience for him has been beneficial.
"He has come back with a big smile on his face and just slotted in with everyone else. I asked people about him and they said that is what he would do. There is no side to him and he is what he is. He is exciting on the ball and he is a great addition at this moment in time."
City were today expected to complete a deal to sign Brian Howard until the end of the season.
A free agent after having his contract cancelled by League One strugglers Portsmouth, the 30-year-old midfielder is holding talks with the Robins regarding a short-term deal.
Howard is also considering offers from two unnamed clubs, but City are favourites to sign him.
The Championship club are close to concluding a deal and Howard could be available for tomorrow's game in Cardiff.
Now fully recovered from the effects of a hernia operation, the former Barnsley, Sheffield United and Reading star has been training with City since February 4.
O'Driscoll said: "I suppose the phrase we should use is 'ongoing'.
"He has two offers on the table and, from his point of view, he has to make a decision.
"Negotiations are ongoing and, hopefully, we can sign him. He knows the Championship, he is a good personality and he will add to the group."
O'Driscoll had hoped to see Howard play in an Under-21 FA Development League game against Millwall at Bromley on Tuesday, but the fixture was postponed owing to snowfall in London.
He said: "Signing him without having seen him play is not ideal, because I like to do due diligence.
"But we've lost two midfield players and we could do with getting one in."