Bristol City have had a tough time at the start of this Championship campaign, the departure of Steve Coppell particularly hard hitting. After four games, the Robins find themselves slumped at the bottom of the table with two points and a minus goal difference.
However, following some clever deals by Keith Millen, and with players returning from injury, plus the opportunity of loans, City could turn things around.
It was clear there needed to be changes this season at City, and with the arrivals Coppell brought in, Millen then added two new faces, in John Stead and Brett Pitman.
Stead has always been in and around the Championship and is a proven goal scorer with a reasonable record, however he has never found his feet at a club and City could provide that platform for him to really push on and become a prolific goal scorer.
Pitman, a young lad from Bournemouth who caught the eye with an impressive 28 goals last season for the Cherries, will partner him.
Brett managed 62 goals in 197 appearances for Bournemouth. Such power up front could begin a transition in the club's poor start to this campaign and really give them a foothold to strive forward.
However with so many new players, there is often a time period needed in which the players can gel and learn to play as a unit. When you shove together a bunch of players who don’t know each others games and how one another plays it often takes time for them to learn.
With the competition, in my opinion, stronger than last year, it may be tough for City to push into the top six, however I believe the squad is there to do so, and with the time to gel and a little extra push, and maybe one or two changes off the pitch, then City could achieve what most of their fans wanted from this season which held great expectancy.
City travel to Scunthorpe next, a team that is strong at home, and has won two of their opening four games, however weakness in the heart of the Irons defence may help the Stead and Pitman partnership kick off with a bang.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.