There is certainly an argument to be made that the current fixture delay could aid Bristol City’s promotion push by allowing some of their key men to return from injury.
The EFL has suspended all fixtures until at least the 30th of April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which means the Robins’ pursuit of the play-offs has been put on hold for the time being.
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City are seventh in the Championship, just one point back from the play-offs spots, and will be looking to climb into the top six in the final nine games of the season.
The delay will give Lee Johnson and his side some time to consider what the best way to do that will be, while it may leave City fans pondering some questions of their own.
With that in mind, we’ve outlined two that they might be asking themselves…
Will Benik Afobe join the club permanently?
The striker joined on loan from Stoke City on transfer deadline day and made a fast start to life for the South West club, bagging three goals in his first five appearances.
Frustratingly, he suffered a nasty ligament injury that has kept him out since, though he had returned to training before the season was put on hold and may be ready when it eventually resumes.
Afobe seems to be enjoying his time at City and has even appeared in the away end alongside fans during his injury but whether he will sign permanently in the summer remains uncertain.
City have since signed Nahki Wells from Burnley and also have Famara Diedhiou and Andi Weimann at the club, so it is hardly a top priority for the club.
Will Niclas Eliasson be a Robin come next season?
The Swedish winger has been a revelation for City in the 2019/20 campaign–scoring three times and providing a league-high 12 assists so far.
The Robins deserve a lot of credit for helping him to evolve over the last few years but it seems they could be about to lose him.
Eliasson’s contract is set to expire next season (when the 12 month option is taken into consideration) and the Bristol Post has reported he is unwilling to sign a new one.
The Robins have shown in the past that they have a tendency to look to cash in on players in this sort of scenario and with some big sides, such as Celtic and Burnley, being linked you feel he could leave in the next transfer window.
The 24-year-old has been one of the most exciting City players this season, so many fans of the South West club will likely be wondering whether they will have to say goodbye to him soon.