Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has dubbed striker Nahki Wells as the best finisher he has worked with after he grabbed the opening goal in the Robins’ 3-2 win over Derby County on Wednesday night.
The forward signed on a permanent transfer from Burnley in the January transfer window and he found himself unmarked inside the six-yard box against Derby to head in from Jay Dasilva’s cushioned cross.
The Robins striker had been on loan at fellow Championship side QPR during the first half of the campaign as he netted 13 league goals before being recalled by Burnley.
Speaking to BristolLive following the game, Johnson said: “He’s been really good to watch in training, he’s been a cold finisher as the ball comes into him.
“We’ve had good finishers here for different reasons, Jonathan Kodjia, Tammy Abraham, Bobby Reid. But he’s the best I’ve seen in terms of being able to slow down his mind’s eye and finish with a clinical feel.
“So I’m excited to work with him and that’s what he’s here to do.
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“He’s probably only had that one chance today of real value, and he was in that area as free as a bird, which is not easy to do – and it was good that Jay Dasilva was in at the back post.
“That shows our attacking intent at home and I thought we were really good in that spell from 15 minutes in to 55 minutes.
“And that’s where we’ve won the game, given the fact we’ve had three new debutants in January – credit to those boys for all performing today.”
Other January signing Filip Benkovic netted the second goal in the first half as he headed in the rebound after Famara Diedhiou’s header had been cleared off the line from a corner and Diedhiou grabbed the third in the second half as he controlled and fired in Niclas Eliasson’s cross.
Derby set things up for a nervy finish when Martyn Waghorn powered in a diving header and Chris Martin then slotted into an empty net from a low cross.
Wells has already shown his goalscoring prowess after the media team at Ashton Gate posted a training compilation of his cool finishing last week.
Wells stayed cool, calm and collected when nodding in the opener last night and Johnson will have been pleased with his overall contribution.
The striker has proven before how dangerous he can be when presented with a chance inside the area and Bristol City will be hoping that he is the man that can fire them towards promotion.