Matt Godden completed a move to Coventry City yesterday in a deal thought to be worth around £750,000.
The former Scunthorpe forward spent last season with Peterborough United where he was amongst the goals and around the first team picture.
They finished just outside the top six and as a result, swooped for Bristol City striker Mo Eisa in the summer. That edged Godden down the pecking order and, despite not wanting to sell him, towards the exit door at London Road.
Coventry missed out on Tyler Walker last week, necessitating the move for Godden. Is he the right man for the job with the Sky Blues? Our latest spotlight piece attempts to find out.
Coventry began the season in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Amadou Bakayoko leading the line. Many of the balls he contested this weekend were in the air, 20 in total, with just five passes received into feet.
Coventry don’t play a long ball game, but they do need a forward who can not only make runs and create chances, but also hold the ball up for the attacking four to get ahead of him.
They also created very little this weekend, having just one shot on target which resulted in the only goal of the game for them against Southend. They clearly need a spark, someone livewire up front who can make things happen; is that Godden?
His goals return certainly stands out. He scored 16 goals from 48 matches last season, a ratio of a goal every three games. He can create as well; some strikers are single-minded and selfish, but Godden managed to lay on four goals for a teammate. That’s the first sign he could be what Coventry need.
After all, with players like Jordy Hiwula coming from the left, or Zain Westbrooke bombing on from a deeper position, a creative forward is needed to bring them effectively in to play.
Godden will be judged on his goals though and you only score by getting into the box and taking chances. He had a 50.8% shot accuracy last season, a decent return for any centre forward. He also averaged 3.49 touches in the box per game.
That’s going to be crucial. He must be on the ball in the box to have any effect at all. With the formation Coventry play he’s got to be receiving passes in dangerous areas and showing a willingness to get into the 18-yard area. The stats suggest he’ll do just that.
Aerially, there might be a slight concern. Bakayoko is 6ft 4in and much of the delivery into him was in the air; Godden is 6ft 1in and won just 31.8% of his aerial duels last season. It means that a quick out ball might not be an effective option, but with Coventry not being renowned for the long ball this might only be a minor hindrance.
The stats do suggest Godden is exactly the type of player Mark Robins needs to spearhead the attack this season. With a decent price tag and a few goals behind him last campaign, he could be the striker Coventry need to turn a top ten finish into a top-six spot.