Bristol City preview

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Towering centre back Aden Flint will be crucial to the Robins promotion chances this time around. The former Swindon Town man dominates in the air, while surrounding strikers with his 6 foot 6 frame. As he proved last season, he is a huge threat from set pieces, scoring 14, which was the third highest amongst he whole Bristol City squad. The 25-year-old will need to replicate last season if him and the team are able to produce back to back promotions.

One to Watch

Joe Bryan arrived in Bristol at the age 15 as a young hungry player that just wanted t play football. Two years later he signed his first professional contract with the club. He has loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Bath City before making a huge push to show off his skills for the for the first team at Ashton Gate. Bryan can play in a variety of positions but prefers to be left side due to his weaker foot. He is favoured at a wingback role because enthusiastic work rate in both halves of the field. He managed 6 goals and 10 assist last season, and with the Championship fast approaching, it is the perfect environment to show off his prodigious talent,

Prediction

Bryan....prodigious talent
Bryan….prodigious talent

 

After taking League One by storm last term, Bristol City are ready for another crack at the second tier. City spent just two seasons out of the Championship before amounting a substantial lead ahead of the chasing pack of Swindon Town and Mk Dons to secure the trophy last season. It was boss Steve Cotterill’s first full season in charge after taking over the reigns in December 2013, he managed superbly with the slight distraction of stand redevelopment and build an eye-catching squad to become runaway winners. Bruising frontman Aaron Wilbraham was brought in from Premier League Crystal Palace, showing that he has more than enough ability even at the age of 35, by scoring 18 goals. The Former Forest manager also managed to lure Kieran Agard away from promoted Rotherham United after he netted 26 times to secure back to back promotions for the Millers. Marlon Pack and Korey Smith produced almost endless chances from midfield but will have to work substantially harder to create opportunities in a much tougher environment. The defence was also at it’s best with the back four only conceding 38 goals and 6 foot 6 centre back Aden Flint grabbing 14 goals, beating many strikers goal totals. All the momentum from last season should carried over by Cotterill and his staff and it should create a bouncy atmosphere leading to attractive, open football. Minimal tweaking will be needed to acclimatize the squad to the higher level of play, but for the most part they look ready to mount a serious effort to reach the upper echelons of the table.

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