Bristol City defender Kevin Amankwaah is expected to arrive at Huish Park on a one-month loan deal tomorrow. The 23 year old 6'1" defender can play as either a centre-back or as a right-back, though City have generally used his excellent pace in the wide position.
Amankwaah was born on May 18th (some sources say 19th) 1982 in Kenton, London. He became a member of Bristol City's Academy side after playing for a Middlesex Youth side and signed professional forms in August 1998. Since then he has knocked up 68 appearances (23 as substitute) for Bristol City's first team after making his debut in March 2000. He has scored five goals in all competitions for The Robins.
Highlights of Kevin's career with The Robins so far include making an appearance in the Auto Windscreens Screen Final in May 2000 against Stoke City. Kevin was subsequently called up into the England Under 17 squad.
All seemed to point to a bright future until a car crash in March 2002 put him out of football for over a year and he did not make his return to first team football until Bristol City's playoffs at the end of the 2002/03 season.
Kevin had loan periods at Torquay United and Cheltenham Town during 2003 as he attempted to regain match fitness, and his spell with the (other) Robins saw him come up against a Yeovil Town side in October 2003 where the Glovers lost 3-1 at Whaddon Road. Kevin shone like a beacon for Cheltenham that day, matching Kevin Gall for pace! He made a total of 18 appearances (one substitute appearance) across his two loan spells.
Kevin has turned out eight times this season for the League One side, the most recent of which was on Boxing Day. There seems to be little doubt that Gary Johnson has recruited him as cover in the light of Paul Terry's injury at Charlton Athletic, with Amankwaah being a natural shoe-in for Terry's position if required. His contract at Ashton Gate expires this June though, and as we all know, Gary Johnson rarely signs up a player on loan unless he has also got an eye on the future. With the defender showing bags of pace in the match 18 months ago at Whaddon Road, he would certainly seem to fit into the Johnson mould.