Bristol news Nahki Wells and the City players most likely to improve under Nigel Pearson MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The new manager has had an immediate impact in BS3, lifting the mood, performances and getting points on the board
Breaking News ! In his own words, Nigel Pearson is a pragmatist and although he's been at pains to downplay his role over the last eight days since confirmation of his appointment at Bristol City, his impact has been seismic. Confidence has been lifted, helped by back-to-back 3-1 wins, admittedly - one with him in charge, one in the stands - but also he's reignited a renewed sense of ambition and belief that seemed to have been slowly drained away under Dean Holden. There is a defined trust, respect and excitement in the new man within the fanbase, which hasn't been the case for at least five years, under Lee Johnson and Holden. Bumps in the road undoubtedly lie ahead but very quickly Bristol City have moved to a position where they can look up the table, rather than below; a feeling held by supporters and within a squad whose confidence looked to be on the floor. The players have been given a visible boost by the arrival of the former Leicester and Watford boss and will look to kick on for the remaining 13 games of the season, with Bournemouth the visitors on Wednesday night - but who in particular is likely to progress significantly under Pearson? Read More Related Articles Thank you Steve Lansdown - now let's make plans with Nigel Pearson Read More Related Articles Nigel Pearson urges caution after Bristol City's Andi Weimann returns to the grass Nahki Wells Scoring in back-to-back games for the first time in 18 matches against Middlesborough and Swansea, Wells has hit form at just the right time with Pearson arriving in the dugout. The Bermudan has struggled to find the back of the net this season, with just one goal in 15 games prior to his outstanding performance on Teesside. However, in the past two matches Wells has impressed with his work rate off the ball, link up play and clinical finishing. Looking refreshed by the prospect of working under Pearson, the manager has a great record when it comes to working with out-and-out strikers. Starting with Matty Fryatt, the now retired striker’s most prolific season was under Pearson as he helped fire Leicester City to promotion out of League One. Fryatt scored 27 times in 46 games, with a goals per minute average of 147, his scoring prowess helped Leicester become champions. Nahki Wells (c) is joined by teammates as he celebrates scoring an equaliser against Swansea During Pearson’s second stint at Leicester, David Nugent became the next striker to thrive with the 57-year-old at the helm. Once again, the forward’s most prolific season was with Pearson in charge - 20 goals and 12 assists helped Leicester win the Championship to achieve promotion to the Premier League. All of Troy Deeney’s goals in the 2019/20 season came after the arrival of Nigel Pearson. The talismanic captain scored in a 2-0 win over Manchester United and grabbed both a goal and an assist in a famous 3-0 win that ended Liverpool’s 44 Premier League game unbeaten run. All of this will be music to Wells’ ears, with strikers so frequently being the standout players in Pearson’s sides over a long managerial career. The 30-year-old will be looking to add to his tally of nine goals come Wednesday and prove himself as ‘Mr Dependable’ to Pearson. Read More Related Articles Bristol City verdict: Swansea City heist as Nigel Pearson's Robins continue to bounce Kasey Palmer Palmer’s time at Bristol City has been an impossible puzzle to solve. For every flash in the pan moment of brilliance there have been lengthy spells out of the side - getting the best out of the 24-year-old was a task shelved by both Lee Johnson and Holden.
. Recalled to BS3 in January, Palmer has featured in every City match while making seven starts. Saturday’s outrageous goal directly from a corner was his first time on the scoresheet in red since a brace against Northampton on September 16.
Kasey Palmer tries to dribble past Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes
Palmer’s ability to create chances and positively impact games is undeniable, it’s ultimately a case of how frequently he can produce these performances. Under Pearson there is the opportunity for Palmer to find this consistency, given his past working with talents such as Ismalia Sarr, Roberto Perrerya and Riyad Mahrez. These are players that have featured prominently in Pearson’s sides in the past so there is no suggestion that it will be a batten down the hatches approach from the manager who will want to play expansive, exciting football given City’s wealth of attacking talent. Speaking after the Swansea game, Pearson said that “Kasey clearly had a point to prove” and this attitude seems to get the best out of Palmer - who performed excellently on his return from the Swans in a 2-0 win over Preston. Pearson won’t shy away from the creative talent of Palmer, which the two previous City managers have potentially been guilty of.
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Tyreeq Bakinson Breaking into the side thanks to Holden, Bakinson could be set to make even bigger strides under Pearson. The youngster’s energy and progressive passing has been a treat to watch this season, especially as many doubted his chances of getting into the side in the summer. The tenacity in Bakinson’s play sees comparisons drawn to Everton’s Abdoulay Doucoure, who grabbed the eyes of fans at Pearson’s Watford. The French midfielder featured in all but one of the Premier League games managed by Pearson during the 2019/20 campaign. Appointed by Watford with the club seven points adrift at the bottom of the league, shoring up the midfield may have been top of Pearson’s to-do-list and Doucoure played a massive part in that.
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Holden used 18 different starting central midfield combinations in 31 Championship fixtures, while his hand was forced somewhat with injuries it shows how City have struggled to truly dominate games this season. The most used combination was Andi Weimann, Jamie Paterson and Bakinson (5), showing how the 22-year-old was key to Holden’s plans and likely will be under Pearson. It will be interesting to see whether Pearson settles on a three or two-man midfield combination and if Bakinson will be used as a more traditional box-to-box midfielder given his energy and eye for a pass - closer to how he was used by Plymouth Argyle in a successful loan spell last season.
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