MSN Sports: Ben Wignall – Bristol City’s squad will have a whole different look about it next season as Nigel Pearson has wielded the axe at Ashton Gate.
The Robins’ retained list has seen no fewer than eleven players head through the exit door, with senior players like Jamie Paterson, Tommy Rowe, Jack Hunt and Famara Diedhiou all leaving.
Pearson was clearly unhappy with what he saw when he entered the building in March but some of the players that have left haven’t even played a minute under him due to injuries, so they could be seen as harsh releases but after signing a long-term deal to remain at the club, the ex-Leicester boss clearly wants to shape the team in his own way.
One player who will be sticking around though is striker Nahki Wells, who joined the club in January 2020 for a £5 million fee.
That’s a big outlay for a Championship club and City fans would have been hoping for a lot more than the 10 goals in 41 league outings they got from the Bermudan, however for a lot of the season he was starved of the service from creative players like Jamie Paterson and Callum O’Dowda due to their injury struggles.
In an end of season assessment on his Instagram page, Wells honestly said that this season hadn’t been good enough by the whole squad and has promised to come back stronger for the 2021/22 campaign.
With Pearson getting a full pre-season to rebuild the squad in the way he sees fit, surely things have to get better at Ashton Gate next season.
They would have been expecting to push for the play-offs last season and ended in 19th which is bitterly disappointing, but if they can get their existing players back to full fitness then the Robins will be in a much stronger position.
As for Wells, he will be looking to add to his 10 goals from the season just gone – it wasn’t a bad tally to rack up by any means but for a player that cost as much as he did, City fans will have been expecting a 20-goal a season striker and with the right service around him that’s what he could be in 2022.
- In a post on Instagram, Nahki Wells said: “The season has come to an end & assessing it on the whole it’s been a very disappointing one. We can all say from top to bottom it hasn’t been good enough. Now we have the opportunity to recharge the batteries and come back stronger. Thank you for the continued support & hopefully when we return we can be back in front of our fans.”