Following Callum Wilson’s move to Championship side Bournemouth, Steven Pressley’s Coventry City are left without a striker just a month before the season starts.
Having gone from having the deadliest strike force in League One, to not a single striker on the books, Pressley is hoping to have three strikers coming in as soon as possible according to local journalist Andy Turner.
Here are four suggestions that would make able replacements for the Sky Blues’ player of the year.
The experienced front man, who is currently a free agent after his contract with premier league side Swansea ended, would be an ideal replacement for the departed Wilson.
Lita would provide much needed experience to the youthful Coventry side along with raw pace which was a key factor in Wilson’s game and a thing that City squad now lack with the loss of the aforementioned striker along with losing Franck Moussa to Charlton, Mark Marshall to Port Vale and Cyrus Christie who is now without a club.
Though his recent record isn’t good, if Lita could recapture some of the form from earlier in his career, he could be a worthy replacement for Wilson.
Farid El Alagui
A former Brentford striker, El Alagui would be another excellent addition for Coventry. Having had his best run to date under Steven Pressley at Falkirk, I’m sure the Moroccan front man would be chomping at the bit to join up with Pressley again.
During his run with Falkirk, he scored 27 goals in 43 appearances which earned him a move to then league one side Brentford after turning down two SPL clubs. However, this move didn’t work out for El Alagui after he picked up a serious knee injury early into his first season with the club that ruled him out for the rest of the season. Having found it difficult to force his way into the Brentford side during the 13/14 season, the 29 year old forward moved to Dundee United on loan and became a free agent at the end of the season.
Pressley usually will play with a duo up front of a big man and a little man and El Alagui looks like a like for like replacement for Leon Clarke who left for Wolves in January and seems to be a logical choice for the City manager to make.
A former Coventry loanee, Nimely was recently released after a six year spell at Manchester City where he only played one game for the Premier League champions. Whilst on loan at city, he impressed the fans from the get go, though only scoring one goal, he provided seven assists in his time with a poor side that was eventually relegated. Nimely would be, like Lita, a good addition due to the pace and work ethic that he would provide the Sky Blues.
Since his impressive spell with the Sky Blues, he went on loan to Crystal Palace where he only made two appearances. In my opinion, league one may be the limit for Nimely and move to Coventry would be a good kick-starter for his floundering career.
The signing of Nimely would be an intelligent signing, as he would be on fairly low wages and could provide a large return to Coventry if he has a good season this coming year.
Another potential striker to fill the void left by Wilson would be former Brighton striker Will Hoskins. After only 7 goals in 60 games with Watford, Hoskins dropped down to league one and joined Bristol Rovers. This reignited the career of Hoskins who hit 17 goals in 43 games leading to then League One champions Brighton signing Hoskins ready for the next season in the championship. However, here Hoskins’ career stagnated with him only playing a total of 30 games over four years including a loan spell at Sheffield United. He has not played a game in 18 months down to injury and was released at the end of last season.
Hoskins has proved that he can score 15-20 goals a season in this league and would be an excellent addition to the side though he is reported to have many other suitors and a deal may be difficult to arrange but he would none the less be a more than capable replacement for Clarke and Wilson.