Former Bristol Rovers midfielder Ian Holloway has called for Lee Johnson to start Niclas Eliasson more often.
The Swede was on the score-sheet on Saturday as Bristol City thumped Huddersfield Town 5-2 in the Championship.
Johnson’s Robins took the lead after 11-minutes through Josh Brownhill before an own-goal from Terence Kongolo doubled their lead. Eliasson then scored his first goal of the season after the half-hour mark, with Ashley Williams making it 4-1 at half-time.
Andreas Weimann’s seventh of the season made it five in the second-half.
Holloway was alongside Collin Murray for Quest’s EFL Show in Saturday night, and reckons Eliasson should be a regular starter for Bristol:
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“Get him in the team, Lee,” Holloway said. “His goal was fantastic, what a brilliant bit of play by Brownhill, their captain.”
Eliasson scored after Brownhill jinked down the right-hand side, slipped the ball past Terriers’ Jonathan Hogg and lofted the ball into the box for 23-year-old to head home.
It was only the third time this season that Eliasson has played a full-ninety for Bristol, and only the fourth time he’s started in the Championship this campaign.
Despite that, he now has the joint-most assists in the Championship, tied on seven with West Brom’s Matheus Pereira.
Robins’ fans would love to see more of Eliasson but for some reason, Johnson has seen him as more of a rotational player this season.
He’s provided the goods when called upon and he must be wondering what he needs to do to get a more regular run of starts in the team. Bristol next travel to Craven Cottage at the weekend, and they’ll need all the creativity they can get against an in-form Fulham side.