With the January transfer window now upon us, Coventry City ace Zain Westbrooke has been linked with a move to a number of Championship clubs.
The 23-year-old has scored four goals in 19 league appearances for Coventry this season and played a key role in the Sky Blues’ promising start to their campaign under Mark Robins.
However, with his contract at Coventry due to expire at the end of the season, the box-to-box midfielder is starting to attract interest from a number of Championship clubs.
Sky Sports’ transfer centre Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (06/01, 10:55) claimed that Leeds Untied, Cardiff City and Bristol City are interested in Westbrooke, while a separate report from TEAMtalk states that West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest and Derby County are also keen on the player.
In the latest FLW Spotlight, we discuss whether Westbrooke is good enough to make the step up to the Championship, by taking a closer look at some of his stats from the season so far…
Westbrooke has made 24 appearances in all competitions for Coventry City this season. He’s started every game he’s played, leaving him with a total of 1883 minutes on the pitch.
The midfielder has scored four goals and provided two assists. This might not sound impressive, but given that he’d never scored before this season, you imagine Westbrooke will be fairly pleased with his numbers for the season so far, as it shows that he’s improving as a player.
His passing stats are rather impressive. Westbrooke has made 978 passes this season, which highlights just how much of an influential player he is for Coventry.
He’s very comfortable on the ball and has an impressive range of passing. This is evidenced by the fact that he has a pass success rate of 80.5%, so he rarely gives the ball away.
On the flip side, his stats from the season so far suggest that he’s not as good at dribbling. He’s attempted 27 dribbles, but has successfully completed only eight of them.
You imagine that this is one area of his game that Westbrooke will be hoping to improve upon, especially if he’s going to make the step up to the Championship.
He’s also been involved in 279 duels, winning 41.6% of them. He certainly isn’t afraid to get stuck in on the pitch, but he perhaps needs be a bit physically stronger if he’s going to make the step up to the Championship.
Westbrooke has made 35 interceptions so far this season and as a midfield player, this is a stat that you imagine he’ll be very satisfied with, as it shows that he has a good energy and work-rate.
It’s fair to say that Westbrooke still has a lot to improve on – mainly the physical aspects of his game – but these stats certainly show that he’s a promising player and he could have what it takes to make the step up to the Championship.
With that said, given that there’s still a lot he needs to improve on and the fact that he has hardly any experience in the Championship, Westbrooke may struggle to get into the starting XI if he were to move to one of the top clubs in the second tier.
He’s got a lot of potential though and his technically ability should continue to improve as he gains more experience.
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He could have a very important role to play for Coventry in the second half of the season, but with his long-term future at the club currently uncertain, it’ll be very interesting to see what happens with him.
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