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Lee Johnson reveals potential tactics involving Bristol City star

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Lee Johnson has revealed that he might use centre-back Filip Benkovic up front during the final 10 minutes of games if the Robins are chasing a goal in the future.

The powerful defender joined on loan last month from Leicester City as he looks to get some senior experience under his belt over the next few months.

He came on in the 3-1 defeat at home to Birmingham City last Friday before starting against Derby County last night, a game in which he netted his first goal for the club.

Benkovic nodded in from close range after Famara Diedhiou had a powerful header from a Niclas Eliasson corner cleared off the line.

BristolLive reported from his post-match press conference, where Johnson said: “In the Championship you want to make sure every box is ticked.

“You want all the clubs in the bag – probably the only club we haven’t got in the bag is that 6ft 6in striker, but funnily enough, Benkovic was a striker until he was 16.

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“He said to me that all he ever wanted to be was a striker, so I said that was handy, did he mind going up there in the last 10 minutes?

“He’ll be well happy with that goal.”

The 22-year-old Croatian started his career with Dinamo Zagreb as he progressed through the youth ranks and became a part of the first team.

He made 88 appearances and scored six goals for their senior squad before signing for Leicester in the summer of 2018.

Benkovic joined Celtic on loan for the 2018-2019 season and scored two goals in 28 appearances across all competitions. He has only made the two appearances for Leicester so far.

The Verdict

The defender has power and is a physical presence in the air meaning that he will be able to compete for most aerial balls.

Benkovic would certainly add another string to Bristol City’s bow during the latter stages of games if they are desperate for a goal and it wouldn’t be the worst tactical move by Johnson.


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