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Naismith in: As things stand, is this Bristol City’s best XI as 22/23 season approaches?

Bristol City will be hoping to make a positive start to the 2022/23 campaign when they head to the MKM Stadium to face Hull City on July 30th. Ahead of the upcoming term, Robins manager Nigel Pearson has managed to bolster his squad by signing three players. Mark Sykes, Kal Naismith and Kane Wilson are also set to feature for the club next season after recently completing permanent moves to Ashton Gate. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Robins decide to recruit some more fresh faces in the coming weeks as they step up their preparations for the new term. Here, we have decided to take a look at Bristol City’s best XI if all of the players that they have at their disposal are fit enough to feature. Check it out below! Given that Pearson decided to deploy the 3-4-1-2 formation on a regular basis last season, we have decided to use this system to display the team. Daniel Bentley is likely to be the Robins’ first-choice goalkeeper again next season after making 38 appearances in the Championship during the previous term. Timm Klose and Robert Atkinson line up in the centre-back positions alongside Naismith who opted to call time on his stint at Luton Town in order to complete a move to City. The 30-year-old played 39 games in the heart of the Hatters’ defence last season whilst he also filled in at left-back and in defensive midfield. A stand-out performer for Luton, Naismith provided 10 direct goal contributions in the Championship as he helped the club qualify for the play-offs. Having averaged a WhoScored match rating of 7.05 at this level in a Luton shirt, the defender will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods on a consistent basis for the Robins later this year. Alex Scott and Jay DaSilva occupy the wide roles in this particular formation whilst Han-Noah Massengo is partnered in central midfield by Matty James who played 33 games for the club in the previous campaign. Andreas Weimann is included in a more advanced central-role behind Chris Martin and Antoine Semenyo. Martin scored 12 goals for the Robins last season while Semenyo was directly involved in 20 goals in the Championship. City will be unable to call upon the services of Semenyo in the opening stages of the season due to the fact that is currently sidelined with a shin injury. Source

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