Keiren Westwood is certainly up there with these legends and is rated by many as one of the best goalkeepers outside of the Premier League.
Westwood has made numerous spectacular saves for the City with some efforts even being described as on a par with the Jim Montgomery save in the FA Cup and, dare I say it, the save by Gordon Banks in the World Cup long before he was born.
We often forget that Westwood is still only 26, which is young for a goalie, and he undoubtedly has the potential to improve still further with a keeper’s peak widely regarded as not being reached until well into his 30’s.
Westwood, who started out at Manchester City, joined Coventry for a rumoured £500,000 in 2008 from Carlisle. He has gone on to be capped five times to date by the Republic of Ireland whilst at the Sky Blues, courtesy of him having an Irish Grandmother.
However, with Westwood’s contract due to run out in the summer and rumours abounding of him being sold to Celtic in January in order to generate a fee for the club, this could put a serious dent in Coventry’s promotion hopes.
Aidy Boothroyd has been bold in declaring that Westwood will not be sold in January and I truly hope that his confidence is rightly placed and he does stay with the Sky Blues until the end of the season and even beyond. But this is football and if a top club does come in with a decent offer, it will be very hard for Ray Ranson to turn it down.
This could, however, be counter-productive given the quality of Westwood and the multitude of points he saves the team over the course of a season. Potential replacements have been mooted but none, in my opinion, come close to the quality of Westwood.
Being in the play-off places at Christmas is dreamland for the Sky Blues and is the best opportunity that Coventry have had for promotion come the end of the season since relegation in 2001 - we must not blow it.
Westwood is a class above the rest of the goalkeepers in the league, and many in the Premier League, and everything must be done to keep him.
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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