Bristol City remain in firm contention for the Championship play-off spots this term despite the fact Lee Johnson’s side have suffered defeat in two of their last three league outings.
The Robins seriously boosted their promotion hopes following a run of form which saw them win four consecutive league matches, but the Ashton Gate outfit failed to continue this run after falling to defeats against Birmingham and Leeds.
This means City are now sitting seventh in the Championship table, but it should be noted they are level on points with sixth-placed Preston, while they are only six points shy of Leeds who are sitting in second spot after their win over City on Saturday.
There can be no doubt that Johnson’s men now stand a serious chance of sealing a top-six spot by the end of the campaign, but the City squad will need to find a level of consistency over the final 13 games which has failed them at times this season.
Here, we take a look at two City players who need to improve their performances in the final months of the campaign…
Weimann has continued to be one of Johnson’s firm favourites this term after starting 32 of City’s 33 league matches, but his performances have not been the best recently, and this saw him dropped from the side for the recent clash against Derby.
The 28-year-old now faces more competition for his spot following the January arrival of Nahki Wells, with this meaning Johnson will potentially need to leave out one of Wells, Weimann and Famara Diedhiou until the end of the term.
Weimann’s pace and directness means he can add plenty of quality to the Robins’ side when he is performing at his best, but the fact he has now not found the net in any of his last eight appearances indicates how he needs to develop more consistency.
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Massengo was one of the key performers in the City side during the club’s solid start to the Championship season, but he has struggled to maintain this high performance level and this has seen him occasionally left out by Johnson in recent weeks.
It is perhaps harsh to be too critical of the 18-year-old given he was not expected to feature so much during his first season at Ashton Gate, but he could become a real asset if he is able to re-establish himself as a key cog in City’s midfield.
This may involve Johnson ensuring that the Frenchman does not suffer from burn-out during the demanding final run-in, particularly seeing as he does not have much first-team experience, but he can always add an extra dimension to City’s midfield.