Loan | Josh Wilson-Esbrand joins Cardiff City
We are excited to announce that Joshua Wilson-Esbrand has joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester City until the end of the 2023/24 season, subject to international clearance.
A versatile player who can operate in several positions, Wilson-Esbrand came through the youth ranks at West Ham United before joining Manchester City in 2019. He made his professional debut in a Carabao Cup clash against Wycombe Wanderers in September 2021.
Twelve months ago, the 21-year-old made a loan switch to Coventry City, playing in 14 Championship matches as the Sky Blues rose from mid-table into the Play-Offs positions.
Josh has spent the first half of the current campaign on loan with Stade Reims, scoring once and assisting once in eleven Ligue 1 matches, whilst also making his debut for the England U21 team on the international stage.
Speaking to Cardiff City TV after completing his loan move, Josh said: “I’m very privileged to be here. I’m happy to get to know the boys and help the team.
“I’m just looking forward to going out there and trying to push this team as far as we can get.
“For me, I just want to be as efficient as I can in the final third. I want to play as often as I can, rack up the minutes, rack up the games and as a team, just push as far as possible.”
Bluebirds boss Erol Bulut added: "First of all, he comes from a really big team, Manchester City. He’s been on loan at Reims and also in the Championship with Coventry City, where he played in the Play-Offs. I see in him some good offensive actions, positive on the ball and good crosses. As a full-back, a wing-back and a winger, he can add a lot of things.
“He gives us flexibility, that’s important. I spoke to him about what kind of style we play and where I see him as a player, not only as a left-back, but also as a winger. For Reims, I was watching, he was also playing as a number 8, he did quite well in that position. It’s good that he is flexible.”
Welcome to CCS, Josh!