Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has claimed that new centre-back Filip Benkovic is most comparable to former defender Adam Webster.
Webster departed on the eve of the season as he headed for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League and while Ashley Williams was brought into the club, he has failed to fill the same role that Webster did.
Benkovic signed for the club on January deadline day from Leicester City in a loan deal until the end of the season and he started for the first time against Derby last night.
Speaking to BristolLive after the win over Derby County, Johnson said: “The way we work it is one of my centre midfielders recognises it and drops back in.
“So if the momentum is there, particularly if it’s a big lad, you might as well keep going if you get a second phase delivery.
“He nearly got one on the far stick from a cross when he carried it, released it, then carried on his run.
“Benkovic looked very assured and, in possession, he’s probably as close as you can get to Webster.”
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The former Robins defender was good with the ball at his feet and Williams and Nathan Baker don’t compare to Webster’s ability when playing the ball on the deck.
During his season at Ashton Gate, Webster made an average of 56.6 passes a game with a 74% success rate while he also made 5.2 long balls a game and 0.6 key passes across the course of 90 minutes.
Williams has only averaged 45.1 passes a game with a 78.3% success rate while making 0.3 key passes a game and playing an average of 4.1 long balls a game.
Baker averages 36.2 passes during a game with a success rate of 72% while he also makes 0.2 key passes and 3.1 long balls a game.
Benkovic was assured when in possession of the ball on his first start against Derby and he never rushed a pass.
He was always getting his head up to look for the best available option and when there was space to travel into, he would always go forward a few yards to create more space for those playing around him.