Bristol City made a flying start to the 2016/17 season before falling away and flirting dangerously with relegation from the Championship.
With The Robins in fourth place after 16 games of the new campaign, however, it appears that Lee Johnson’s surprise packages are well placed to avoid a similar collapse this time around. And that is largely down to the superb form of Bobby Reid.
The 24-year-old has thrived in a more advanced role this season and has 10 goals in 19 games in all competitions – more than in the previous 149 games of his career put together.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Bristol City are facing up to the prospect of fighting of growing interest in their diminutive talisman. TEAMtalk report that Reid is on the radar of Championship rivals Middlesbrough – as well as Premier League trio Leicester City, Burnley and Brighton.
Reid is out of contract at the end of the season although Bristol City have an option to extend his deal by 12 months. Nonetheless, there will be concern in Ashton Gate that Reid has outgrown his rather modest surroundings.
Middlesbrough spent big in the summer transfer window but have started the season in rather underwhelming fashion – although a run of three straight wins has lifted Garry Monk’s pre-season promotion favourites up to fifth in the table.
Boro boast one of the most fearsome attacks in the league on paper but Ashley Fletcher, Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford have all disappointed with just one Championship goal between them in 2017/18.
Reid, then, could be a welcome addition to boost an attack that has looked worse than the sum of its parts.