Nahki Wells of Bristol City celebrates with Jay Dasilva after scoring his first Robins goal(Image: Alex James/JMP)

Nahki Wells full of praise for Ian Wright's Bristol City training session as he eyes up Leeds United

The Robins striker reflects on his first goal, advice from Shaun Goater and looks ahead to Elland Road


Nahki Wells says Ian Wright's appearance at Bristol City training was essential for the strikers.

The legendary England striker was invited to training with the Robins last week by manager Lee Johnson and gave his input to City's attacking players.

For Wells, it was a case of having things reinforced and trying to impress the 56-year-old.
Arsenal Legend Ian Wright visits Ashton Gate in 2019(Image: Rogan/JMP)

"Just that cute intelligence in and around the box," he said when asked what Wright spoke about.

"You kind of know it, but to see it and hear it, and for him to pinpoint certain things to do, it's always ideal.

"Let's be honest, he's been one of the best finishers in this country, so to get advice off him in training was good.

"You want to do everything right for him and impress him, that's just an instinctive nature.

"I think his little bit of input was essential."

After joining from Burnley late in the transfer window, Wells scored his first goal for the Robins on his full debut as he netted in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Derby County.
Shaun Goater in action for Bristol City

He is thought to be the second Bermudan to play for Bristol City after the legendary Shaun Goater, who netted 40 goals in 75 league appearances for the Robins.

Wells consulted with Goater before agreeing to join the Robins, and revealed his countryman had nothing but good words to say before telling the striker to help win promotion to the Premier League.

"He just said it's a great city and a great club, it's well-supported," he said.

"He had a good experience in his time down here and he said the fans will get right behind you if you score goals and do what you have to do.

"So go and be a hero and get the club to the Premier League as it's never been there - I've got the opportunity to try and implement that historic status as a player at the moment.

"That's my drive at the moment."

The win over Derby saw City remain in seventh but they moved to just three points behind Saturday's opponents Leeds United.
Nahki Wells of Bristol City celebrates with Jay Dasilva after scoring his first Robins goal(Image: Alex James/JMP)

Whilst Wells admits Friday's defeat to Birmingham represents a 'what-if' moment, he says City cannot dwell on poor performances in a division as competitive as the Championship.

"We're in a great position," he said.

"We're seventh and you also think that if we beat Birmingham we could have been tied with Leeds.

"Derby came on the back of three wins on the spin and, when you look at the results, you never know who's going to beat anyone.

"You just have to take it with a pinch of salt - at times we'll underperform and not win but the three points are the most essential thing at this stage, I guess.

"Results have been going our way so we have to keep doing what we're doing and go to Leeds and be resilient and try and come back with something."

The Robins make the trip to Elland Road on Saturday to face a side Wells knows all about.

As well as playing them twice already this season, the 29-year-old has three goals and one assist in nine matches against Leeds in his career.
Nahki Wells celebrates scoring for QPR against Leeds United(Image: Getty)

The striker says they are the toughest opponent he has faced this season but knows it is a winnable game.

"With QPR we lost 2-0, it was a very dominant performance from them," he said.

"It was a tough game, probably the toughest I've featured in this season - all credit to them, they were good.

"I got the better of them at QPR at home, I got the winner, so I'm familiar with scoring against them.

"So I do have a history with them and it's one I'm looking forward to."

He added: "It's a fantastic stadium, a well supported club and one moving in the right direction.

"But we're here to stop that."

Wells also admits his first goal for City represents a weight off his shoulders, particularly with it coming on his first start for the club.

"You always worry," he said.

"I've come off the back of some of the best form in my career, having scored six in four before I joined.

"To make two substitute appearances is obviously difficult, but then to get the start knowing that, while winning is the most important thing, I could just settle those nerves and the worry of having to get that first goal.

"To get it was great and to get those three points was even better, it gives me that platform to try and go on a run now."