Bristol City: McInnes delighted to land George Elokobi on loan
Bristol City manager Derek McInnes did not hesitate to call Wolverhampton Wanderers when he heard that George Elokobi was available.
The 26-year-old Cameroon defender last night joined the Robins on an emergency loan for three months and is expected to make his debut in Saturday's home Championship clash against Leeds.
McInnes revealed he is "absolutely delighted" to have landed the services of a player he tried and failed to sign in January.
He said: "I asked about George Elokobi earlier in the year, but he ended up going out on loan to Nottingham Forest instead. I've kept tabs on him since then and everyone I have asked about him has spoken well of him.
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"People have nothing but good things to say and I think he is the right type at the right time for us. I think he is a very good Championship player and we are lucky to have him. I'm looking forward working with him."
Out of favour at Championship rivals Wolves and desperate to revive a career that has stalled, Elokobi has been recruited as a short-term stand-in for injured left-back Greg Cunningham.
The Republic of Ireland international damaged ankle ligaments in last week's 2-1 win at Peterborough and is expected to be out of action for up to months.
Although Elokobi is expected to replace Joe Bryan in the starting line-up at Ashton Gate on Saturday, McInnes is keen to stress that the 19-year-old academy product remains a part of his plans.
Bryan filled in for Cunningham at Watford last Saturday and earned rich praise from the manager.
McInnes said: "Joe has done everything that has been asked of him and more and he is definitely a part of my plans for the future. He will still be involved in the squad and is an option for me, but I felt that, with Greg out for so long, I could not depend on just one left-back to play so many games.
"Elokobi is big, strong, quick, a great competitor and experienced in the Championship. He is someone who will improve us."
If a deal proved difficult for City to do in January when Forest were prepared to match Elokobi's Premier League wages, it became easier when the African-born defender was left out by Wolves boss Stale Solbakken at the start of this season.
Elokobi has hardly featured for Wolves and he sought showdown talks with Solbakken earlier this week.
Apart from a full appearance in a League Cup tie against Northampton, the Cameroon full-back has played only 14 minutes as a substitute against Derby this season.
Solbakken has turned to fit-again Kevin Foley and new signing Georg Margreitter to provide the defensive options from the bench for recent games against Ipswich, Leicester and Peterborough, while Elokobi was also left out of the squad for Tuesday night's League Cup tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which they lost 6-0.
Elokobi will not be eligible to face his parent club when Wolves visit Ashton Gate on December 1.
Elokobi said: "My agent called me last week to say Bristol City were interested in getting me on board.
"There have been a few changes in management at Wolves and with that the personnel has changed too.
"Everyone at Wolves is keen to get over the disappointment of relegation last season and I'm sure it will take a bit of time for the new players to gel.
"I'm the kind of player that doesn't like to sit around waiting; I try very hard to get myself on the team-sheet on a match-day. Without that I get very frustrated.
"I got a slight injury in pre-season, but still completed all my core work. I just want to be playing football. I'm also at the age when I need to be playing football regularly. I'm ready if called upon on Saturday. I was born ready."
"It's up to the gaffer wherever he wants me to play. I've got no problems playing at left-back or in the centre of defence. I've done both and excelled there. I just want the chance to give a good account of myself."