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Coventry City are plotting a summer move for Charlton Athletic’s Chuks Aneke, according to Teamtalk.
The Sky Blues are looking to bolster their forward line this summer and have identified the League One attacker as a potential target after scoring 15 times for the Addicks over the course of the season.
Coventry will face tough competition for the 27-year-old, however, with Middlesbrough, QPR, Reading and Bristol City also said to be keen.
So would Aneke be a good signing for Mark Robins’ side?
The team at FLW have their say…
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This could be an impressive signing.
Coventry enjoyed a positive first season back in the Championship, and Tyler Walker and Matty Godden scored a decent amount of goals between them.
But there is a feeling that they need that extra bit of firepower in the final third if they are to kick on and push towards a top-half finish.
Aneke is at a good age and scored plenty of goals in League One this season, as well as linking up the midfield really well.
In Mark Robins’ system, that could work out really well, and I think he’d offer a dynamic, versatile option to the front line.
It would be a coup, as well, given the calibre of clubs interested in him.
I definitely think that Mark Robins needs to bring in some competition for Matty Godden and Tyler Walker next season – Coventry did well to finish in 16th position and away from relegation trouble but neither player managed to hit double figures.
Godden perhaps could have got there if he played more than 23 games but I think that the Sky Blues still need better, and they definitely need more depth after losing the physical presence of Maxime Biamou.
What Aneke would provide is definitely some strength and a focal point, but judging by the fact he started just 11 games for Charlton last season he’s not someone you can trust to stay fit and play for the majority of a game.
He was brought off the bench for the majority of the season and nine of his 15 League One goals came as a non-starter, so the 27-year-old could be targeted to be a super-sub.
Aneke’s sole season in the Championship in 2019/20 saw him just score once for Charlton in 20 matches as well, so will he be able to step up a level and help Coventry move up the table? I’m not entirely sure – but for a club like Coventry I think he’s worth taking a risk on on a free transfer.
I think it’s worth a real look for Coventry.
I like a lot of what Aneke can bring to a side and I think for a team like Coventry he’d bring them some real presence and creativity up front.
He’s a powerful player that can shrug off defenders but he’s also got great technical ability to bring the ball forwards and bring others into play.
The only drawback with him is that sometimes he can struggle to play regular 90 minutes – or he did at Charlton at least – and that is something Coventry will need to consider.
On a free, though, he’s really worth a look.