There was understandable concern from fans of Bristol City when it was announced that they had sold centre-back Aden Flint to Middlesbrough.
Flint had been an ever-present in the Robins’ squad for years, and his departure left a massive gap in the backline that needed filling.
In the form of Ipswich centre-back Adam Webster they did exactly that, announcing the signing not long after Flint’s departure.
Webster was brought to Portman Road by Mick McCarthy two seasons ago, signing him from Portsmouth.
He had been an ever-present in the Ipswich line-up since.
So how will Webster fit in at Ashton Gate? We take a closer look:
One of his main strengths is his aerial ability. It is rare that the 6ft 3in man is beaten in the air, so he will fill Flint’s shoes nicely in that sense.
He is also a defender who is not afraid to switch it up and is also capable of doing so as well.
If the state of the match dictates the Robins play their passing game he is capable of bringing the ball out from the back and finding a teammate.
At the same time, if his team are up against the ropes late on he has no issue in putting his neck on the line and simply getting rid of the ball – he averaged 6.8 clearances per game last season.
He is not the finished article just yet and is still prone to lapses in concentration or the odd rash tackle.
But he is only 23 and will only improve. At just over £3million the Robins could have themselves a bargain if Webster is utilised properly.
He should hopefully have Bristol City fans quickly forgetting who Aden Flint even was.
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