Lee Johnson converted Bobby Reid from a midfielder to a forward at the beginning of the season for Bristol City, and the move has undoubtedly paid off.

Bristol City’s Bobby Reid topped off a magnificent campaign with the Robins after he was named in the overall EFL Team of the Season for 2017/2018.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful campaign under Lee Johnson, and is currently the second top scorer in the Championship on 18 goals, with 20 strikes in all competitions so far.

Having traditionally played as an attacking midfielder throughout his career, Johnson decided to transition the Bristol-born Englishman into a centre forward, and the move has evidently paid dividends with Reid gaining league-wide recognition in the Team of the Year. 

Speaking to BCTV, Reid explained that he was not so sure about the change in positioning himself, after Johnson spoke with him, and said he did not know what to expect. But after scoring on the first day of the season, the forward has not looked back, and 20 goals is a more than credible effort for any striker, let alone for a player who was completely unfamiliar with the position this time last year.

“I wasn’t too sure about it to be honest,” Reid explained to BCTV. “I didn’t really see myself as an out and out striker.

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“[The manager] put belief in me, he told me I can do it and I’ll get goals in his team. Pre-season I showed that, I scored some goals, I wanted to take that into the league and I did on the first game of the season, and carried on ever since.”

Having emerged as a striker with genuine class and clear ability to finish, Reid will be a hot prospect on a lot of teams’ radars this summer. However, with such a good relationship with his player, Johnson should have a decent chance of holding on to him. 

At 25, Reid still has many years ahead of him, and another season to continue developing at Bristol City as a centre forward could do him the world of good, building his reputation even further as one of the most desirable strikers in the English Football League. 

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