Coventry City midfielder Zain Westbrooke has been linked with a January move to a number of Championship side.
The busy transfer window is upon us, and Championship clubs are busy attempting to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season, and Westbrooke has emerged as a much wanted target for a number of sides.
A report from Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (06/01, 10:55) has claimed that Leeds, Cardiff and Bristol City are all interested in the 23-year-old, whilst a large number of other clubs have been linked via a report in TeamTalk.
Having begun his career at Chelsea as a youth player, Westbrooke joined Coventry City from Brentford in the summer of 2018.
His reputation has grown and grown this season, making 33 appearances since he joined the Sky Blues in which he has scored four goals.
Westbrooke is entering the final few months of his current contract at Coventry, but the club do have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.
With the midfielder’s future up for debate, we took a look at the THREE qualities he would bring to a new club.
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A pedigree for goals and assists
The Chertsey born midfielder made his professional debut in the 2016/2017 season for Brentford and he had various spells with Solihull Moors and Leyton Orient on loan before moving to Coventry.
Failing to score in the opening 19 games of his career, Westbrook has burst in to life this term for the Sky Blues.
Netting four goals in 19 league games, Westbrooke has become a valuable asset for Mark Robins’ side, adding two assists in the process.
A player with a point to prove
Given that Westbrooke has only played just under 50 professional games in his career, you would guess his age to be below 20 – but the midfielder is already 23.
Having developed at Chelsea and Brentford, Westbrooke struggled to gain sufficient playing time and it is only now that he is starting to become a regular.
Making eight appearances in all competitions for Coventry last term, Westbrooke has now established himself, and he is highly unlikely to stop now.
Having struggled to become a regular starter over the years, Westbrooke’s pedigree will be second to none, shown in some of his performances for the Sky Blues this season, where he is willing to dig deep and get stuck in.
Moving to any Championship club would only be the move he deserves, and it would be one that would only heighten his ambition and determination.
Creativity and passing range
Westbrooke not only score goals, but the midfielder is as creative as they come, using his passing range to create and link up with his teammates.
During his 19 games this season, Westbrooke has attempted 2.2 key passes per game, and he has a completion rate of 79.2%.
Whilst Westbrooke’s passing range is undoubtedly talented, the midfielder is also known for his ability from set pieces and dead ball situations, whilst he has also attempted 1.5 shots per game with the majority of those coming from outside of the box.