It has been a phenomenal start to the season for Coventry City and few would have expected them to be sat inside the top four in the Championship after 17 matches.
Mark Robins’ side managed to once again underline their quality and belief this season by securing a 3-2 win at home to Bristol City last time despite them being down to ten men.
That was a much-needed result that took them into the international break with their spirits in a very good place after a more difficult run of form in the last few weeks.
The January transfer window could well be a season-defining one for the Sky Blues. That is because they are currently four points clear of the sides just outside of the play-off places, so whilst they have a cushion of sorts it is not a gap that means they can relax and the right investment in the winter window could make a difference for them.
It is obviously vital as well that the Sky Blues do not entertain the idea of selling off any of their key players in January.
This needs to be seen as a major chance for them to challenge for promotion, so they will need to try and fend off any interest that comes their way for their star performers.
With all that in mind, we take a look at some of the transfer talking points currently concerning the Sky Blues…
Coventry could need replacement for Bright Enobakhare
Ahead of the January transfer window the Sky Blues’ squad has already been cut short of one body in an important area of the field.
That comes with Coventry having announced their decision to allow Bright Enobakhare to leave the club after he has struggled to make an impact on his return to the club.
Just three-and-a-half months ago the Sky Blues decided to offer Enobakhare the chance to return to the club and work with Robins once again following his release from East Bengal during the summer.
It would have been hoped that the 23-year-old could re-find the form that he showed during the 2018/19 season during a loan spell with the Sky Blues from Wolves. He managed to fire home six goals in his 18 League One appearances during that spell to outline his potential.
This time around though things did not work out for the attacker. Enobakhare managed to make just one appearance in the League Cup against Northampton Town. While he never managed to force his way into Robins’ side in the Championship.
Coventry could well now have to look into a potential replacement for the 23-year-old in January because they need as much strength in depth in their squad as possible if they are going to challenge for promotion.
It would be better to make his replacement a little bit less of a gamble than re-signing him was. So, it will be interesting to see who the Sky Blues identify to fill that role.
Robins looking to get Wesley Jobello and Marcel Hilssner off the wage bill
The January transfer window will be a chance for the Sky Blues to not only improve their squad by adding the right players.
However, they also need to get a few of their fringe players off their books and potentially raise some extra resources by not having them on the wage bill anymore.
It has already been reported by Coventry Live that the Sky Blues have made their mind up regarding the long-term futures of Wesley Jobello and Marcel Hilssner.
The duo are far down the pecking order under Robins and it is believed that the process has been underway to try and find them new clubs ahead of the winter window.
Robins is thought to be keen to ensure that neither player remains at the Sky Blues beyond the end of the January window. However, finding clubs who are willing to take them at this stage might not be straightforward.
You would imagine though that both Jobello and Hilssner would be eager to try and secure themselves a move somewhere they can command more regular game time as well. So, there is hope that Coventry will be able to sort out their futures.
Interest to remerge in Gustavo Hamer
The chances of Coventry maintaining their position in the top-six this season rest on them managing to keep hold of players like Gustavo Hamer.
You would anticipate that selling the influential midfielder will not be in the mind of Robins right now because he needs him to continue to be a vital part of his side.
However, the Sky Blues had to deal with a lot of interest in Hamer over the summer. That came with reports suggesting that the likes of West Brom, Brighton, Norwich City, Brentford and Rangers were all interested in potentially making a move for the midfielder.
In the end, Coventry managed to keep hold of Hamer and he has since been in impressive form for them once again in the Championship.
The issue for Robins’ side is that with the midfielder continuing to impress in a side that are in the top-six more interest could emerge in the winter window.