The transfer window for EFL clubs may have concluded until January, but the window for clubs in the National League and below is still very much open, who could the Sky Blues look to send out?
Admittedly, Mark Robins’ side are currently in the process of dealing with an ongoing injury crisis, with several first-team players such as Ben Sheaf, Milan Van Ewijk and Kasey Palmer all out injured, whilst long-term absentees Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares are yet to return.
Last season, Coventry City enjoyed several Non-League loans for some of their U21s squad, with the likes of Blaine Rowe (Falkirk), Marco Rus (Hereford & Chorley) and Jay McGrath (St. Patricks Athletic) all enjoying positive spells in their respective loan moves.
With that being said, there are still several members of the club’s U21s that either could be loaned out or are reaching a stage in their development when they have to go out and experience men’s first-team football for the first time in their careers.
For this list, I have decided to take a look at each player individually and have only selected the five that I believe are realistically the most likely to depart the Sky Blues on loan between now and January, especially with the U21s going on a winter break during December.
Let’s take a look at the five players I have selected…
Former Welsh youth international Cian Tyler is the first player to make the list in my opinion. The 6ft8 goalkeeper had a brief loan spell with National League North side Hereford last season but failed to feature as often as he’d have liked due to injury.
With the first team having three goalkeepers as well as youth goalkeepers Luke Bell and Charlie Callaghan, there is an open door for the Sky Blues to loan out Cian Tyler in a bid to give him some much-needed first-team minutes.
Full-back Dermi Lusala was absent from Coventry’s recent U21s victory against Hull City, but could he follow in the footsteps of former teammate Blaine Rowe and head for a senior loan exit in a bid to earn some men’s first-team experience?
Lusala had a brief spell with Non-League side Barwell last season and the former Tottenham Hotspur man will be keen to earn a fifth or sixth tier loan move if the opportunity arose. With Coventry also using trialists so far, could this provide an option for Lusala to head out on loan?
Moving into midfield, U21s playmaker Evan Eghosa is another player that could depart the Sky Blues on loan. The attacking midfielder featured heavily for the club’s first-team during pre-season and earned rave reviews from manager Mark Robins.
Eghosa has also recently signed his first professional contract with the Sky Blues and has been ever-present for the clubs U21s this season. However, could now be the perfect time to allow Eghosa to move out on loan to a National League North/South side and gain his first taste of mens first-team football.
Possibly the most likely on this list, midfielder Marco Rus has been knocking on the first-team door following his impressive loan spells with Hereford and Chorley last season as well as being made captain of the U21s.
Unfortunately for Rus, he suffered an injury during pre-season and failed to participate in training or in friendlies which forced him to drop-down the pecking order. However, he has since returned to full fitness and has done enough to push for a National League move but will this be an option that’s on the table?
Finally, U21s striker Kai Andrews is another member of the club’s U21s that could push for a loan move in the coming weeks. Andrews played a crucial role in pre-season, missing just one friendly and was also handed his first-team debut during Coventry’s 3-0 win against Middlesbrough in the Championship last month.
By making his first-team debut, Andrews has evidently earned the backing of Mark Robins and the club’s staff but he is still in need of mens experience. With fellow U21s forward Justin Obikwu being a regular squad member following Fabio Tavares’ injury, the door is open for Andrews to depart on loan in the coming weeks.
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