Coventry City might have been brought down to earth with a bump at the weekend, but their young squad are still likely to be challenging for a top six spot this season.
They were thumped 4-0 at Rotherham in a surprise result on Saturday, but their youthful squad has impressed in the early part of the season. Sam McCallum has been one player who has stood out, a product of the club’s academy after joining from Herne Bay.
The Sky Blues have a good record with their young players; Jordan Willis, Tom Bayliss and Jordan Shipley are three who have made the grade in recent years, but that’s by no means the whole extent of their productivity.
With a relatively small squad, Mark Robins will certainly be casting an eye over his younger players to see which ones might be suitable to make the step up. With the much-maligned EFL Trophy affording him the chance to give some first team experience, it’s likely we’ll see some fresh faces in the coming weeks and months.
Just who do the Sky Blues have waiting in the wings? We pick three we expect to see develop into first team players this season.
Burroughs has been with the Sky Blues since the age of ten and is a key figure in the current development side.
He’s able to play in the centre of the park and can chip in with a goal or two when required. He has already been on the first team radar, making his against Forest Green Rovers in the EFL Trophy.
The Sky Blues youngsters reached the Professional Development League semi-final last season and Burroughs was a key part of that run.
Bremang moved to Coventry in the summer of 2018 after spending time with the London Conquest Academy. He’s a striker by trade and has been called up once to the senior squad, although he hasn’t made his full debut as yet.
He was the top scorer for the Under 23 side last season as they progressed to that semi final and he’s already amongst the goals this season, scoring in a 4-3 win against Crewe Under 23s, a game in which Max Biamou also played.
Wakefield has already knocked on the first team door, but he’s the most likely of all the youngsters listed to get a chance to shine this season.
The winger began his career with Chelsea and appeared for England at Under 16 and Under 17 level. He appeared eight times for the Sky Blues last season, but hasn’t been given the chance as yet and has been featuring for the Under 23s instead.
It’s only a matter of time before an injury or suspension pushes him back to the front of Mark Robins’ mind.