Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson faces a huge rebuild this summer with 13 first team regulars set to be out of contract at the end of June.
According to Bristol Live, those set to leave for free this summer account for 30% of the Robins’s total first team minutes, a proportion which is up there with the highest in the division.
Players such as Jamie Paterson, Nathan Baker, Jack Hunt and Famara Diedhiou are among those set to leave Ashton Gate, all having played a significant amount of football this season which could spark a period of rapid transformation in the West Country.
That prospect may well be exciting for City fans after a season spent languishing in the bottom-half of the Championship table, currently winless in their last nine games.
Since taking the job on a short-term contract in February, Pearson has won a disappointing two out of his 13 games in charge, but the club’s trust in him was demonstrated by a three-year contract which he duly signed last week.
Fans will certainly hope that the faith shown by the club will spur Pearson on towards a huge summer of recruitment, with the end goal of constructing a side firmly in his own image.
The 57-year-old has solid managerial pedigree, including Premier League spells with Leicester City and Watford which should help him lure top talent to Ashton Gate over the coming months.
Indeed, transformation is an exciting time for those involved with the club, however they are not always successful. Time is needed for new players to bed in and gel, meaning a busy summer will likely be followed by plenty of on-the-job learning at the start of next season.