Bristol City are reportedly still targeting signing multiple attacking players and a central midfielder before the end of the transfer window.
The Robins have brought in seven players so far this summer, including Colchester United playmaker Sammie Szmodics and Chelsea defensive duo Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva, but it appears their business isn’t finished.
According to Bristol Post journalist Gregor MacGregor, Lee Johnson confirmed after City’s 3-2 pre-season win against AFC Wimbledon that he hopes to add at “least one attacking player” and “potentially a central midfielder.”
City finished eighth last season, just four points of the top six, and Johnson will be hoping to go one better and qualify for the play-offs in 2018/19.
The South West side have been linked with a move for towering Barnsley forward Kieffer Moore and it was reported yesterday that the six-foot-five forward had not travelled on the Tykes’ pre-season tour.
The Robins head out to Florida for a pre-season training camp this week, with their Championship opener against Leeds United at Ashton Gate just 25 days away.
This should be music to the ears of City fans.
The Robins’ summer business has been brilliant so far but Szmodics has been the only addition in the attacking third, which is an area where they need to make improvements.
Johnson’s side scored 10 fewer goals than any team in the top six and 34 fewer than league winners Norwich City and will need to up their goal tally if they are to make the play-offs in 2019/20.
Central midfield is also an area of need given Korey Smith’s fitness troubles over the past few years. The 28-year-old is facing another long stretch on the sidelines following an injury in April.
Johnson was left short of midfield options on occasion last season and at times had to utilise defender Adam Webster in the centre of the park, so adding extra cover would be smart.
Bringing in two more attacking players and a central midfielder would cap off an excellent summer for the club.