After narrowly missing out on the play-offs last month, Bristol City will be aiming to go one step better next season in the Championship under Lee Johnson.
However, in order to have the best chance of achieving success at Ashton Gate, it is imperative that the 38-year-old offloads some of the Robins’ deadwood this summer.
With the second tier being incredibly unforgiving at times, there is no room for any weak links at City as if they do keep players who are not good enough to play at this particular level, they could be punished next year on the pitch.
Keeping this in mind, here are two men who we think Johnson should cut ties with as soon as possible…
When Liam Walsh joined the Robins in January 2018 from Everton, he would have hoped that the move would result in more first-team opportunities having experienced a frustrating start to his career on Merseyside.
However, despite featuring in three consecutive games after making the switch, the 21-year-old has since only made 15 more league appearances for his side as Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill have formed a fearsome partnership in the centre of midfield.
Whereas selling Walsh could prove to be an error, Johnson should consider loaning him out for the entirety of next season as it would allow the former Toffees star a chance to develop as a player, something which he won’t be able to achieve sitting on the substitutes’ bench.
A product of Bristol City’s youth academy, Joe Wollacott has yet to make his debut for the club and is unlikely to next season when you consider that Niki Maenpaa and Max O’Leary are ahead of him in the pecking order.
Though a loan spell away may be on the cards yet again for the 22-year-old, it could be argued that it may be more beneficial for both parties if the Robins cut ties with him altogether this summer.
A permanent move away from the club could give Wollacott the opportunity to thrive in a different setting which at this stage of his career could be the correct move to make.