With the Sky Blues making a strong and encouraging start to the season, one of the most surprising player selections has been Aidy Boothroyd's decision to give youngster Nathan Cameron a place in the back four.
In recent years there has been a lack of good quality players coming through the Coventry youth system. Many have often spent time on the bench covering the first team regulars and then sold on to Lower league clubs.
Only Chris Kirkland has made the step up to regular Premier League football, Gary McSheffery had limit chances at Premier League action with Birmingham City.
Birmingham born Cameron had only made one appearance for the Sky Blues in the League Cup before Aidy Boothroyd’s appointment in the summer. Since then Cameron has played every league game this season, leaving the experienced defender Richard Wood on the bench.
Sky Blues fans have been excited at the prospect of seeing a player coming through the academy into the first team and Cameron’s performances have not let the fans down.
His physical presence at the back has been a welcome addition and Cameron has also demonstrated an ability to read the game, often doing the basics of defending very well and not over complicating his role.
Only time will tell if any more home grown talent will follow Cameron’s footsteps in to the Sky Blues starting eleven, but it would make sense in these financial tough times to nurture young talent much like the system Arsenal and Crewe Alexandra have in place.
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