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Doyle replacement: Coventry should target combative midfielder if they win promotion

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Coventry City are now preparing for the League Two play-offs after finishing sixth in the fourth tier.

It was the first top six finish for the Sky Blues since 1969 and the first time they have ever reached the play-offs in the club’s history.

While the focus is on winning promotion now, Mark Robins will surely have drawn up two sets of transfer wishlists.

One will be for players to target if they go up and another including targets for if they stay down.

Robins will undoubtedly be looking for a new midfielder this summer, even if captain Michael Doyle pens a contract extension.

The 36-year-old is coming towards the end of his career and although he embodies passion and fight, Coventry need to start looking for his long-term replacement in the middle of the park.

Anthony Grant has recently been transfer listed by Peterborough United – a decision which came as a shock to Posh fans.

The 30-year-old has been a regular in the heart of midfielder for Peterborough this season, playing 48 times in all competitions for the club.

Grant has plenty of experience in League One and League Two, having represented the likes of Southend United, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale after leaving Chelsea’s academy.

But now the former England youth international is set to be moved on by Peterborough and he needs to find a new club.

Grant is exactly what Coventry need in central midfield to provide the same steel, aggression and tenacity shown by Doyle.

The former England youth international does pick up a lot of cards but he provides excellent cover for his defence with gritty midfield displays – doing the dirty work which is often under-appreciated.

If Coventry go up – or even if they stay down – Grant needs to be one of their main transfer targets as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of next year.


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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