BS3 Talk’s 2019/20 Awards – Diedhiou praise, Cardiff limbs and Dasilva’s comeback

The most peculiar of seasons has finally finished in late July in unprecedented circumstances.

As City slumped to a 12th placed finish, the overall feeling of this season was disappointment, falling short of the Play-Offs by seven points an incredible collapse at the end of Lee Johnson’s reign.

It’ll be a quick turnaround with the new season potentially in September, meaning we won’t have to wait long for a renewed season of hope and expectation.

With that said, it’s time to reflect on this season as we go through our awards for the 2019/20 campaign.

Jack Dosson – @JackDossonSport

Player of The Year

There has been one player who has consistently maintained his level, given his utmost, and smiled throughout. That man is of course Famara Diedhiou.

Whilst pre-lockdown if posed with this question I would have undoubtedly responded with Dan Bentley, the former Brentford keepers’ drastic drop in form has led me to perform a U-turn and opt for the Senegalese.

Often a divisive figure amongst the Ashton Gate faithful, Diedhiou has taken his game to a whole new level, and would return his best-ever goal scoring season for the Robins if he nets against Preston in the season finale.

Oh, and he’s ‘world class in the mid-goal zone’ too.

Young Player of the Year

Signed from Monaco for big money, the youngest ever Champions League player, has shared a pitch with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Greizmann, and Neymar, but yet he’s still managed to take me by surprise. It is of course Han-Noah Massengo. 

Jude Bellingham is the only Championship player under the age of 19 to have played more minutes than the Frenchman, and it’s his durability which has impressed me most during his debut campaign in English football.

Whilst many expected this to be a bedding in season for the youngster, he has often been thrown into a relentless Saturday-Tuesday schedule, and holding his own against seasoned, physical midfielders.

Add to this his sublime technical ability, impeccable attitude,and limitless potential, City have a true gem on their hands. 

Signing of the Season

“I’ve played with and seen some quality left-backs at Bristol City, but Jay Dasilva is something else.”

These poignant words from Brian Tinnion sum up the talent of the 22-year-old, and securing him to a permanent deal for just £2.5million following his impressive loan spell last term has to go down as some of Mark Ashton’s best bits of business so far at the club.

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Whilst Massengo ran Dasilva close in this category, how often can you purchase an England U21 captain, with Championship experience, for the same price as Gustav Engvall.

Once Dasilva improves his end product, then Premier League clubs will be queuing up to entice the former Chelsea man away from Ashton Gate.

Limbs of the Year

Coming up against a side undefeated at the Cardiff City Stadium all season, whilst being without a win in the Welsh capital for 17 years and coming up against Neil Warnock, the signs were not looking good for Bristol City crossing the Severn Bridge on a brisk November morning. 

However, after a dull first half, Josh Brownhill lined up a shot from the edge of the area which arrowed over Cardiff keeper Neil Ethridge and into the back of the Bluebirds net to give Severnside Derby bragging rights to the West Country boys.

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This sparked scenes of pandemonium in the away end, with the final 20 minutes an outright display of flares, inflatable sheep, and ironic Ayatollah’s.

Oh, and the result was enough to see our beloved Colin dismissed the next day. The perfect derby.

Low point of the Year

What initially seemed like a drab procession following a dire 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate ten days previous was amplified into a multi-million pound game when it was revealed that the winner of Shrewsbury Town vs Bristol City would host Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

Over 1,300 Robins made the journey to Shropshire on a Tuesday night in bleak January expectant of a resounding away win, with many already planning for the clubs date with the World Champions.

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However, following several missed chances, former City trialist Aaron Pierre’s late thunderbolt sent the Robins crashing out of the cup, sparking a euphoric Salop pitch invasion at full time.

It was a long coach journey back to the West wondering what might have been, made worse by the breaking news that Eddie Nketiah, the clubs number one striker target, had rejected a move to City. 

A disastrous day for the club. 

Owen Maers – @OwenZonal

Player of The Year

As the top scorer this season it’s hard to look past Diedhiou, his hold-up play has come on leaps and bounds and if he was potentially afforded more chances there’s debate to be had that he could have hit 20 goals this season. 

I would like to point out what a sensational season Niclas Eliasson has had all things considered. A 10 game spell between gameweek 19 and 29 saw the Swede bag five assists and three goals where at times he was unplayable. 

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This season was a huge improvement for Eliasson, with 16 goal contributions it has become his most prolific season and potentially with more game-time he could have built upon that tally. 

With a one-year extension to his contract and a new manager likely coming in, he has the potential to become one of the best players in the Championship. 

Young Player of the Year

Jay Dasilva has consistently shown this season why City were right to bring him back following that loan spell last season. 

Since the start of 2020, Dasilva has missed just 127 league minutes as he bounced back from a lengthy injury sustained on the first game of the season – which is now almost one year ago!

There’s no doubt he will be a key figure moving forward if the club are able to hold onto him. 

Signing of the Season

For just £2m, Bentley has shown to be astute business by the Robins hierarchy as the former-Brentford man instantly made the goalkeepers spot his own at the start of the season. 

A recent wobble in-form has maybe clouded memories of how imperious he has been in-between the sticks for the majority of the season, he was the majority of fans player of the season prior to the restart. 

It was a position that City needed to improve upon, Niki Maenpaa did a good job coming in and Max O’Leary’s inexperience showed at times – Bentley has been a great transfer and could be City’s keeper for years to come. 

Limbs of the Year 

A personal favourite of mine has to be Niclas Eliasson’s late winner at Barnsley – it’s the stereotypical game where you are expected to win, squander numerous chances and are left with a gut wrenching feeling of disappointment. 

Eliasson had missed a golden chance earlier on in the second half, Diedhiou smashed a 12-yard effort over the bar and his overhead kick drifted wide of the post. It was looking like one of those days until Dasilva’s teasing cross found the feet of Eliasson who composed himself before slotting home. 

Running behind the goal and towards the singing section, he took off his shirt and punched the air. We all love a late winner. 

Low point of the Year

Sadly, it’s likely been since the restart with the end of Johnson’s tenure and the playoff run fizzling out into nothing. 

Four straight losses since the restart compounded on top of an already length spell of five games without a win and ultimately it was time for a change. The football had become dull and uninspiring, with just five goals and nine games leading to City being reactionary instead of setting a precedent in games. 

The performances began to mirror each other, with a lack of shots on target and defensive errors frequent across all four games. Since Dean Holden has taken over, the football has been more positive but the next step needs to be made if City are to challenge for promotion next season.

James Cox – @JamesCoxSJ

Player of the Year

It was a two-horse-race for player of the year for me this season, and after the heroics of Dan Bentley began to ever so slightly fade, it left only one man – Famara Diédhiou.

The Senegalese striker has so obviously improved in all aspects of his game throughout his time in England, and it’s culminated in a season of consistently top notch performances. He also broken the 13-goal-a-season curse, and in my opinion, with the right service, will be a 20-goal man next season.

Young Player of the Year

I am kind of cheating on this one, as I voted for Han-Noah Massengo in the real thing, however my answer is probably Jay Dasilva.

On a personal level, Han takes it as he’s had a solid season and settled really well into BS3, but on the pitch I think it’s hard to argue with the high standards JDS sets. Add goals to his game and he’ll be the best fullback in the league in no time.

Signing of the Season

Now I’m going to give signing of the season to Han-Noah Massengo. From the club’s perspective, acquiring the services of one of Europe’s brightest young talents is incredible, and he has shown this potential many times this season.

And then from Massengo’s point of view, I think he is happy with his move here. He’s played almost 2,000 minutes, and hopefully a new manager will be able to utilise him in a similar way to Lee Johnson did.

Limbs of the Year


This was one of my favourite ever away days for obvious reasons, but the absolute chaos that ensued after the several thousand City fans had the perfect reverse-angle view of Josh Brownhill’s rocket was something not rivalled by many other celebrations.

Low Point of the Year

Shrewsbury (a) and Cardiff (h) are up there, but I’d say for me it’s just pipped to the post by the loss to Forest in the restart.

I was always LJ in, even after the restart, but after we put in a decent performance at Forest but still couldn’t get a result, I finally felt LJ wasn’t taking this club up.

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