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‘Announce Premier League’ – After L1 promotion, this signing had Bristol City fans dreaming of a special season

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After narrowly avoiding relegation in their first season back in the Championship after an impressive promotion, Bristol City fans will have been hopeful of a much more comfortable second season. 

Under Steve Cotterill, the Robins failed to adapt to the second tier well and quickly found themselves scrapping towards the relegation zone.

Lee Johnson stepped in and steered them clear of the drop and to an 18th place finish.

A strong summer transfer window seemed necessary in order for Johnson to put together a side that would suit his style and approach to management.

That is exactly what happened as the club splashed out at least £1million on five different players including Lee Tomlin, Hordur Magnusson and Milan Djuric.

Another new face arrived after impressing lower down the Football League pyramid as well.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

That player was Oxford United winger Callum O’Dowda who moved to Ashton Gate for just over £1million. 

He arrived off the back of an impressive campaign with the United that saw them promoted from League Two, with O’Dowda himself scoring eight goals and assisting five more.

After fending off plenty of competition for his signature, Bristol City fans were largely delighted to see him arrive:

Not even they would have foreseen just how important a player the Irishman would become for them over the following years.

In his first campaign, he was largely eased in the squad by Johnson, frequently coming off the bench in order to impact proceedings but still gathered three assists.

Last season, O’Dowda was trusted to start matches far more frequently as he continued to improve and impress the coaching staff at the club.

Unfortunately, an ankle injury kept him out for four months of the campaign but he did not let it spoil his chances of becoming a star for the side.

This season he has been shown even more trust by Johnson and continues to be an important player for the Robins, racking up three assists already.

That £1million paid for him now looks like an absolute bargain.


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Article title: ‘Announce Premier League’ – After L1 promotion, this signing had Bristol City fans dreaming of a special season

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