Hopefully, Derek can finally sign a centre-half
ANOTHER week has gone by and still the centre-half we are crying out for has not materialised. Derek McInnes knows he has to improve City in this area. We as fans know he has to get someone in and yet, other than an unknown triallist playing in a friendly fixture against Exeter City, it seems, from the outside, we are no nearer to signing someone.
I fully expect City to line-up against Bolton Wanderers next Saturday with a centre-back partnership made up from two of these four – Louis Carey, Liam Fontaine, James Wilson and Lewin Nyatanga.
Brett Pitman reminded the manager what he is capable of by scoring all four goals in against Exeter City. I like Pitman and think he is a natural goalscorer, the problem is that he doesn't always show the work-rate and desire that a manager like McInnes looks for and, as a result, he finds himself on the sidelines.
It's difficult to criticise any of the forward players and McInnes could pick any two from those he has available and we would pose a threat.
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I have said a couple of times lately that I wonder how Pitman would do in midfield. He is a clever footballer and with Cole Skuse or Marvin Elliot alongside him, he may be able to provide that bit of creativity and clever play that we have been missing.
But I'm sure Brett sees himself as a striker and I wouldn't be surprised to see former club Bournemouth, now again under the leadership of Eddie Howe, try to sign him.
We are now ten games into the season and that is how former gaffer Gary Johnson used to like to break-up the season. There is no doubt in my mind that we have come along way in a year under McInnes and the quality of footballer we have signed has certainly improved the squad.
However, 11 points from those ten games is not a brilliant return and we still sit only three points off the last relegation place. I want to see us looking up the table, but that is only going to happen if we can sort out our defence frailties.
Ipswich Town, who sit second from bottom of the table, have just signed former Premiership play Nigel Reo-Coker, who will definitely add something to their squad. Peterborough sit bottom, but have won two games recently and may have turned the corner. We need to get back to winning ways and pull away from the lower middle of the table.
The squad are all saying the right things publicly. However, words are never going to win you a game of football.
It's time for Liam Fontaine to look at himself and realise what a good player he is and recognise the fact that he is the Bristol City captain and needs to deliver. He needs to be strong and that will galvanise those around him. Personally, if we don't make a signing, I would start with Carey and Fontaine in the middle and play youngster Joe Bryan at left-back and Mark Wilson at right-back.