Coventry City have completed the signing of Brighton Hove Albion midfielder Yasin Ayari on a season-long loan deal, as confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
The 19-year-old Swedish international becomes the club’s latest summer signing, following the departure of star midfielder Gustavo Hamer and will spend the entirety of the campaign with the Skyblues.
Who is Yasin Ayari?
The midfielder began his professional career with Swedish side AIK in December 2020, aged just 17. He scored six in 48 matches before completing a £5 million move to Brighton Hove Albion in January. He made his debut against Grimsby in the FA Cup, before featuring three times in the Premier League.
A promising start
The Skyblues have taken four points from their opening three league games so far. Mark Robins’ side began against Leicester City, narrowly losing 2-1 despite a promising performance.
The club then comfortably overcome Middlesbrough in a repeat of the 2022/23 Championship play-off semi-final winning 3-0, before being held to a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at the weekend. Coventry will host rivals Sunderland this weekend, with Ayari in line to potentially make his debut for the club.
The relationship continues
Over the last few seasons, Coventry have developed a strong relationship with Brighton, loaning the likes of Leo Ostigard and Viktor Gyokeres, with the latter becoming the club’s record departure when he joined Sporting Lisbon in the summer for £20.5 million.
What’s been said?
Speaking to the club’s website, manager Mark Robins stated…
“We’re very pleased to welcome Yasin to Coventry City.
“He is a versatile player who can play across the midfield area, but predominantly central, and is technically adept too with pace and energy.”
As a Skyblues fan, I am delighted to see a player like Ayari join the football club. He has strong attacking capabilities and appears (on paper) to become an adequate replacement for Gustavo Hamer, who has since moved to Sheffield United.
I’m excited to see how he gets on this season and whether he can live up to the Gustavo Hamer name with the Skyblues.