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Three things that Bristol City fans will be hoping going into 2017/18

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After a second season fighting for survival in the second tier, Bristol City go into the 2017/18 hoping for improvements.

With a young squad full of exciting talents, Lee Johnson will be looking for many of them to mature.

Ashton Gate now stands out as one of the division’s more impressive stadiums and steps are being take for progress off the field, but now it’s time that they match that on the pitch.

Here are three key aims to do that…

Famara Diedhiou must replace Tammy Abraham

Without the Chelsea loanee’s goals last season, the Robins would have been relegated. Abraham was vital to their survival and £5 million striker Diedhiou is the man they are looking to replace him.

Having scored nine goals in 33 games in the French top flight last season, the 24-year-old clearly has quality and knows how to find the back of the net. He’ll need to up that rate of goalscoring if he is to be a success in Bristol though.

Hold onto key defenders

With BBC Sport reporting external interest in both Aden Flint and Joe Bryan, both players are key to Lee Johnson’s side. Flint has become a club hero over the past few seasons whilst local lad Bryan is an important part of the team’s counter-attacking style with his pace down the wing.

If Bristol City do want to make a statement of intent this summer, the easiest way to do it could be to reject any and every offer that they get for the duo. Losing either would be a real blow to their hopes, especially after losing another dressing room leader in Aaron Wilbraham.

Avoid a disastrous spell of form like in 2016/17

For the opening month or two of last season, City looked like they may have been in with an outside shot at the play-offs. However, their mid-season collapse saw them win just two games between October and March.

Such a run of form made them relegation candidates last season and will do so again this year. Lee Johnson took the flack but he must learn to adapt and get his side out of such a rut with the division getting stronger every year.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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