Fan View is a fan segment who review the season they have experienced. For the inaugural fan view segment. I will answering the questions about my team’s season. I am a Bristol City fan and this is my season review
What did you expect from the season?
A comfortable mid table finish where we flirted with the play-offs.
Where did it go right?
The signings in the January window/Emergency Loan window by Lee Johnson and Mark Ashton. Lee Tomlin, Richard O’Donnell, Adam Matthews and Peter Odemwingie have been great since they have joined. They have provided a better level of quality for the rest of the squad to seek to attain.
Sacking Steve Cotterill. We would have been relegated under Cotterill and I have no doubts about that now. We had won 4 games in 24 when he was finally sacked. I think he got too much time but that will be touched on later.
Where did it go wrong?
Lack of recruitment in the summer, compounded by a few very public rejections by players (Andre Gray, Dwight Gayle, Jesse Lingard and Zac Clough)
Keeping Steve Cotterill as manager for as long as we did. Despite a record breaking double win last season. He was persisting with a formation that always looked like it was about to work before we were exposed by the higher quality players at this level.
What should change over the summer?
Signing the players we have on loan. Adam Matthews is a sure thing with City having an option to buy him. Lee Tomlin will be costly but would prove to be worth the price. Odemwingie, on a 1 year deal with an option, would help our attack.
Adding more quality to the squad. There are some good players in our squad but they don’t have top level Championship experience. We shouldn’t mess around with player out of our league (Premierleague) unless they are willing to drop down. Our summer recruitment was messy, agonising and disappointing last season and no repeat of that should appease City fans.
Player of the season?
It’s a difficult one despite struggling as a team there have been some players who have been fantastic in a terrible team. Lee Tomlin, Richard O’Donnell and Adam Matthews would be in contention if they were here all season.
It would be between Korey Smith, Aden Flint and Johnathan Kodjia. Smith has been fantastic all season and when he was injured fans were concerned. He helps City keep their shape and get the team going with all action performances he just needs to add some goals. Flint has been a rock again and has played every minute of the season and started 103 games consecutively. Kodjia was a £2.1m summer signing that has adapted quickly to a new country and has scored 15 goals in a side that struggled most of the season. He has got better with the timing of his runs and his tactical awareness. He has great pace and skill. My personal player of the season is Kodjia.
Worst/Underperforming Player of the season?
Again to single out a player would be difficult. If it was put to a popular vote then it would be won by our captain, Aaron Wilbraham, which I think would be harsh. He has a place in the squad as a player to bring on late in goals to maintain possession up the field. We missed that against Brentford on Saturday and it cost us 2 points. Although he is not our worst player, he has lacked confidence since being sent off in August and it has shown. It is harsh to give it to him but because of the disappointment of his season, Luke Freeman. I have every confidence he will improve now he has been put back out wide and Lee Johnson has got more out of him since he took over.
The season in a sentence?
A tyre that slowly leaked air until finally, after waiting way too long, we got rid of and got a new tyre that has kept us away from danger.