Coventry boss Andy Thorn has given a vote of confidence to Lukas Jutkiewicz by giving him the No. 9 shirt vacated by Marlon King.
The 22-year-old scored nine goals in his first season in the Npower Championship with the Sky Blues, but is looking to have an even larger impact in his second season.
“It’s a big season for me, especially now that Marlon has gone,” the former Everton man said. “I know that the manager has said that it is time for me to step up. He has given me the number nine, which I am very happy about and I am looking forward to kicking on from last year.
“Getting the number is a nice touch from the manager and little bit of support and statement because he feels that I can kick on to the next level.”
Jutkiewicz expects to spend more time playing through the middle of the pitch, rather than out wide, where he spent a large proportion of time while King was still with the club.
The chance to play as a central striker is something that excites Jutkiewicz who adds: “He has also said he is going to play me as a central striker the whole time because a lot of time last season I was pushed out onto the wing or left side of midfield at times, so it will be nice to just play down the middle.”
City have yet to add a single player in this transfer window, while the departures of King, Keiren Westwood and Aron Gunnarsson have left Thorn searching in the transfer window. Jutkiewicz is confident the exits haven't had an impact though.
“It is something we spoke about as a group when we first came back, that we will have a really tight dressing room this year," said the youngster.
“We are not sure if there will be any more new additions but it’s almost like we feel we can get stronger in the face of adversity a little bit, and we feel the squad will be a lot tighter for it. And hopefully that will help the performances.”