This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is quietly going about his business down at Ashton Gate, putting the finishing touches to his Robins squad, as he prepares a side capable of a top-six finish in the Championship next season.
The Robins enjoyed a fine campaign next season, finishing up in eighth place ,only four points off the final play-off place and Johnson will hoping to improve on that next time around.
Lee Johnson has already sealed seven new signings, in the form of Tomas Kalas, Jay DaSilva, Sammie Szmodics, Rene Gilmartin, Daniel Bentley, Tommy Rowe and Robbie Cundy.
So how can City’s summer business be assessed so far?
“It’s been really smart and the way that they’ve spent the money from Kelly’s sale has impressed me so much.
“From one high-profile sale, they’ve made the rest of the squad stronger and the defensive unit is coincidentally the most impressive part of it.
“Getting Adam Webster and Tomas Kalas back together is a positive, whilst Jay DaSilva is an exciting full-back who will offer a lot at both ends of the field.
“The foundations have been put in place, and if Johnson can get a bit of ‘wow factor’ in the final third, they could be dark horses for the top-two.”
“I’ve been really impressed.
“In the past two campaigns, Bristol City have looked set to make the play-off places only to drift away in the final couple of months.
“Greater depth was needed and that is what Johnson has provided and he has done it cleverly. Aside from the obvious benefits of landing Kalas and DaSilva on permanent deals, Tommy Rowe brings experience and leadership, Sammie Szmodics is a proven threat and a very bright talent and Daniel Bentley will add some serious competition in goal.
“A very exciting season could be in store for the Robins.”
“I’ve been really impressed with it up to now.
“In the final months of the season, there was plenty of talk about this being a big summer for the club in terms of incomings, and so far they have certainly lived up to that.
“They have been just about the busiest Championship side in the early weeks of the window, and getting their signings in early will give them the best opportunity possible to gel with the current squad ahead of the start of the new season next month – where the Robins will be hoping that their recent play-off potential finally materialises.
“Bringing back Jay DaSilva and Tomas Kalas in particular feels like a smart pair of signings, given they are already familiar with the club following their loan spells at Ashton Gate last year, and the club record fee paid for Kalas looks like a big statement of intent from the club.”Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!