Kalas commands but more to come from James - The Bristol City player ratings so far this season

By Gregor MacGregor & James Piercy

It's just five games played currently but with three games in a week coming up, we'll soon have a good idea of the trajectory for this Bristol City 2021/22 side.

Two away wins on the bounce now put the emphasis on the West Country men turning around their home form, to build towards eventually attacking the upper echelons in the Championship.

So far: a disappointing home draw on the opening day, defeat but encouragement at Middlesbrough, solid wins at Reading and Cardiff City and a home loss to Swansea City that warranted more.

Plenty to improve on but some good signs in there as well.

Here is how we've scored the players so far this season after each match (in order of games: Blackpool to Cardiff City, Championship matches only).

City player ratings so far in the Championship

Dan Bentley - 6, 6, 6, 7, 7 - average: 6.4

Zak Vyner - 7, 4, 7 - average: 6.0

Danny Simpson - 6, 6 - average: 6.0

Nathan Baker - 7, 6, 8 - average: 7.0

Tomas Kalas - 7, 7, 8 - average: 7.3

Robert Atkinson - 8, 6, 8, 6, 8 - average: 7.2

Jay Dasilva - 6, 7, 7, 6 - average: 6.5

Cam Pring - 7, 6, 7 - average: 6.7

Matty James - 7, 5, 6, 6, 6 - average: 6.0

Andy King - 7, 6, 5, 7 - average: 6.3

Joe Williams - 5 - average: 5.0

Han-Noah Massengo - 6, 6, 7 - average: 6.3

Kasey Palmer - 7, 6 - average: 6.5

Callum O'Dowda - 5 - average: 5.0

Alex Scott - 7, 5, 7, 7 - average: 6.5

Alex Scott of Bristol City. (Rogan/JMP)

Andi Weimann - 6, 6, 9, 6, 9 - average: 7.2

Chris Martin - 8, 5, 8, 5, 8 - average: 6.8

Nahki Wells - 6 - average: 6.0

Antoine Semenyo - 6, 7 - average: 6.5

What have we learned so far

Well, it's way too early for drawing too many conclusions but a few things are jumping out at us already.

Alex Scott can certainly play at this level and Rob Atkinson has made a very solid start to his Bristol City career. It's been a steady opening few games for Cameron Pring too.

Elsewhere, and Chris Martin has been inconsistent if enjoying a good start to the season in front of goal, along with fellow forward Andi Weimann, who has burst into form of late, while Tomas Kalas has been very consistent and good since his return to the side.

That right-back battle is neck and neck at the moment too. And does the above show that Bristol City's strengths lie in both boxes, with the centre-backs and strikers both scoring highest currently? Not a bad sign that, after last season's travails. And possibly a portent on where the squad needs to improve next.

Players with a bit to prove? Callum O'Dowda and Joe Williams will want to show more than they have done so far and both have of course been hit by injury. No doubt we'll see more of the pair over the weeks to come.

We also expect Matty James to pick up a bit going forward as we do believe he's a key player in the middle for the Robins, with Han-Noah Massengo impressing this season so far too.

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