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Can Bristol City challenge for promotion to the Premier League?

Friday 6th October 2017

Bristol City have made a great start in the Championship this season under manager, Lee Johnson. After 11 games, they are fourth in the league table, unbeaten in last six.

Johnson recently won the Championship Manager of the Month award for September, while captain Aden Flint picked up Player of the Month. The club's recent performances have made people wonder if they can challenge the big guns for promotion this campaign. The Robins were nearly relegated to League One last season but managed to escape danger. Johnson's side have since continued to improve.

Is Bristol City's squad strong enough to maintain the club's early form?


Bristol City have good competition between Frank Fielding and new signing Luke Steele. The former Barnsley shot-stopper, Steele, joined from Greek side Panathinaikos in summer. Fielding is an experienced Championship goalkeeper who used to play for Derby County before switching to Bristol.


The Robins have a variety of defensive options. At right-back, new boy Eros Pisano slots in. The former Verona player has adapted well to English football. Johnson does not have much depth in this position though, with youngster Zac Vyner being the only other option. If Pisano was to get injured, City could be vulnerable. On the opposite defensive flank, the highly rated Joe Bryan is ever present. He is tipped for a big future in the game. As backup, Bristol City have another promising youngster in Lloyd Kelly. In central defence, Aden Flint usually lines up alongside Australian international Bailey Wright. Or alternatively, former Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker and Hörður Magnusson.


It is in midfield where the Robins have genuine quality - which should help them push for promotion. In the centre of the park they have experienced heads: Gary O'Neil, Marlon Pack and Jens Hegeler; combined with the youth and athleticism of Josh Brownhill, Korey Smith and Nicholas Eliasson. On the wing, Johnson has a choice of Jamie Paterson, Jonathan Leko, Callum O'Dowda or Milan Duric. Bristol City, arguably, possess some of the best-attacking options in the Championship.


Finally, at the top of the field, the Robins have goals in abundance. Bobby Reid, who was once a central midfielder, has been transformed into a goalscoring striker. He is the Championship's joint-top scorer with seven goals and the key man at Ashton Gate. Then, City have new signing Famara Diedhiou, who was signed for £5 million to replace the goals that Tammy Abraham scored last season. Up to now, the Senegalese has five league goals - so is on track to challenge Abraham's figures. Johnson also has Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow and Matty Taylor as other options. This shows that Bristol City have strength in depth up front.

The big question is, can the Robins challenge for promotion this season? They have a very strong squad with some great options - a top-eight finish is achievable.

However, they might just miss out on the Playoffs. It's expected that Fulham, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Derby County and Aston Villa will all hit form at some point. Those sides could prove too strong for Bristol City.

Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.

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