Every football fan dreams of their club playing free flowing, attractive, attack-minded football.
But more often than not a pragmatic manager is needed to build a team that is strong in defence, and strong in attacking play, could this attitude by Aidy Boothroyd be the missing piece in Coventry’s jigsaw?
With the return of Gary McSheffery and the signing of Roy O’Donovan from Sunderland, most Coventry fans were drooling at the thought of a goal stuff season at the Ricoh.
But, after playing out goal-less friendlies at Nuneaton Town, Hinckley Town and with James McPake only managing to head one past Northampton Town, it looks like Aidy Boothroyd will bring his trusted, direct/long-ball styled football to Coventry.
It could be argued that things could be different in the remaining friendlies, as the majority of players used so far having been trialists, but his tactical approach has been consistent so far.
With this style of play, Coventry need to sign a ‘fox in the box’, a player who can read play and slot home the fugal chances that may fall to them.
Players of this talent can be hard to find and off the top of my head, I cannot think of a player available at the moment that can fit the bill.
With this in mind, Aidy Boothroyd may well need to change or adapt his system; so far he has wanted to play McSheffery on the left, cutting inside when he gets the chance. But when the goals are drying up, he could very well move McSheffery up front and play McIndoe on the left.
A lack of attacking options could mean that Coventry will put out a tight and tough defensive line with a direct minded midfield and an ineffectual front line, which will ultimately result in a lack of goals both scored and conceded, which we have seen so far in the friendly matches.
The start of the season is fast approaching and without some inspiring signings, we could be watching a long, hard fought battle, resulting in a mid-table position.....again!
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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