Coventry City moved up to second in League One after a 3-2 win against Blackpool on Saturday, with summer signing Matt Godden once again amongst the goals.
The Sky Blues were very busy in the recent window, with Mark Robins having to cope with several key men leaving.
However, the early signs are positive in terms of the new additions to the squad, with the team unbeaten after seven games of the season.
And, they jumped into the automatic promotion places over the weekend, with a dramatic comeback win against the Seasiders, which was sealed by a stoppage time goal from Callum O’Hare.
It was Godden’s strike, in the 41st minute with Coventry trailing 2-0 at the time, that changed the dynamics of the game though – his third in six games since arriving from Peterborough.
That is a good record for any striker to have but our graphic shows how he brings a lot more to the team than that.
One key aspect of his game is his ability to retain possession. Robins places a real emphasis on playing out from the back and that requires a striker who can bring others into the game.
So, whilst Godden isn’t making pass after pass, he needs to be able to keep the ball when it does come to it and that was the case against Blackpool.
That allows midfield runners Jordan Shipley and Zain Westbrooke to get beyond him and it also ensures Wes Jobello and Jordy Hiwula can get the ball in advanced areas to run at the opposition.
Following on from that, the manager demands a high work-rate from the entire team and even as a forward there is a big demand on the striker to do his bit defensively, as the first line of the press.
Two interceptions against the Tangerines, a season-high so far from Godden, shows he is willing to do that work and that he is adapting to the style of play under his new boss.
Yet, even though his teammates and manager will appreciate that effort, the reality is that strikers are going to be judged on the goals they score – and Godden delivered.
His sharp finish to a loose ball in the box highlights his confidence and one goal from two attempts is a pleasing ratio.
It has been an impressive start to life at Coventry for Godden and if he can maintain this form as the season progresses then it could turn into a memorable campaign for this exciting Sky Blues side.