Carsley signing shows Aidy Boothroyd intent

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Coventry City old boy Lee Carsley has rejoined the club on a one year deal, after being released by Birmingham City.

The 36-year-old left the Sky Blues in 2002 to join Everton, where he played in 166 games and scored 11 goals. He then joined his home town club Birmingham City on a free in 2008, playing 48 games and netting only two goals.

Lee Carsley’s return has been met with enthusiasm and a slight tinge of bewilderment as the Sky Blues already have a bloated midfield. Is Aidy Boothroyd looking to play a 4-5-1 system or simply looking to add experience and cover? The final remaining friendlies should answer some of these questions.

Lee, though, feels he has some unfinished business with Coventry City.
“This is the tenth season since Coventry went down from the Premier League and I don’t think they have performed consistently well in the Championship,” he told the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
"I think hopefully I can bring a bit of consistency and be a good example around the place as to how I prepare for games and the way I play."
Lee was a member of the squad that was relegated from the Premier League in 2001 and it seems apparent that he has the knowledge and experience to push the squad in the right direction.

In my last article I made it quite apparent that Aidy Boothroyd needed to bring in some inspired signings to improve the squad. I think he has gone some way to achieving this with the signing of Lee Carsley.

He has fantastic work rate, vast Premier League experience and still has all the attributes to be a fantastic midfielder in the Championship.

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