Lee Johnson has criticised reported Derby County target Filip Benkovic among others following Bristol City’s weekend defeat, the BBC report.

Bristol City lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town. Their third straight defeat.

Benkovic was a reported target for Derby County in January. The Telegraph claimed in late December how the Rams were hopeful of signing the centre-back.

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The Robins, however, won the race for the Croatia international.

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Benkovic has come into the Bristol City starting eleven. He ironically scored against Derby as Lee Johnson’s side beat the Rams 3-2 at Ashton Gate earlier this month.

But since then he has struggled. And Johnson felt a couple of his new signings had put in an ‘upsetting’ performance in the defeat at Huddersfield Town.

I feel upset. As upset as I’ve been watching one of my teams with players I’ve signed. It was a very difficult watch. was substandard. I think a couple of the new players need to have a look at themselves for different reasons and quickly get into the programme.

Benkovic struggles to make an impact:

Benkovic started the game at Huddersfield. However, he lasted just 45 minutes, with Johnson hauling the defender off at half-time following a poor display.

Leicester City signed the player from Dinamo Zagreb for £13 million. The potential is there, yet he seems to have struggled with the rigors of Championship football.

Derby wanted a ball-playing centre-back in January. The Rams have been short since sacking of Richard Keogh following the drink-driving incident.

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Mike te Wierik has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Derby in the summer. Manager Phillip Cocu will be hoping he fits the profile needed at Pride Park.

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