The Championship campaign got off with a bang this weekend and for Bristol City, they had arguably one of the results of the weekend.
The Robins comfortably beat a poor-looking Barnsley side 3-1 at Ashton Gate to fly to the top of the Championship after matchday one, a result that no supporter would disagree with in the slightest.
In a blistering first-half spell, Bristol looked every bit a team that could do damage in this division next season and for Johnson, it takes the pressure off after a tough campaign last time out.
But there was one man that was left on the bench that would very much have been part of proceedings, had there not been transfer interest in his signature.
Talented defender Aden Flint is a very public target for Birmingham City but with Bristol rating him at £10million, manager Lee Johnson says he won’t sell for less than that.
After the game, Johnson told Sky Sports News: “The owner has come out and said what he will accept.
“I am not convinced Birmingham have the money to do that, but it’s important we leave the door open for Aden.
“We haven’t fallen out. You saw the reception he got from the fans, everybody loves him here.
“We just move on whether he stays or goes, but that’s the problem sometimes with the window. If it shut tomorrow I would be absolutely delighted,” he added.
You can see that Aden Flint is a proper hero in the eyes of the Bristol City fans and manager Lee Johnson certainly doesn’t want to sell.
But moving forward, asking £10million for a player of his quality is absolutely ludicrous. If Flint wants a move he’ll soon start trying to force it through but Birmingham won’t and shouldn’t pay £10million for a Championship player.
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