Coventry pre-season gives cause for optimism

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With the start of the season looming, now is a good time to analyse the friendlies played and what, potentially, the new season holds for the Sky Blues.

The stats from the pre-season games are very promising: seven games played, no defeats, six goals scored and only one goal conceded.

However, when you look at the fixtures that show we couldn’t score past the hard working lower league teams, certain doubts start to creep in.

The tactical approach taken by Aidy Boothroyd so far, has been to set out a strong defensive back four, with a tight combative centre midfield, with the two wingers pushing forward to help support the strikers when attacking.


When possession is lost the team closes ranks and works hard to win the ball back, and the signings of Lee Carsley and Conal Platt show this is a clear intention of the Sky Blues playing with some bite and ferocity this season.

One area of concern is in the striking department, six goals scored against lower league opposition is clearly not good enough and questions have been asked amongst the Ricoh Arena faithful.


The return of Gary McSheffery was a magnificent capture for the club and will again give us some attacking flair on the wings. But with only Freddy Eastwood, the young Shaun Jeffers and the new signing Jutkiewicz being the other natural forwards in the squad, some more striking power is needed.


Marlon King has been strongly linked with the Sky Blues, but these rumours were quashed yesterday by Aidy Boothroyd. It is clear that Ray Ranson will need to dip into the piggy bank and buy another player or two for Coventry to pose an attacking threat this season.

Sky Blues fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the season, not since Coventry were relegated has so many players been brought in with a mixture of youthful talent and hard won experience.


If a proper strike force can be brought in, that has a genuine proven goal scoring history, then the Sky Blues will be a very dominant team this season and maybe we can have a happy ending come May, instead of the usual feeling of disappointment that greets another year in the Championship.

The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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