This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Coventry City are closing in on a deal to bring Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter to the club this summer, as reported by Coventry Live.
The young defender spent last season with Birmingham City and made just 10 appearances during an injury-hit year with The Blues.
Any deal is expected to be a season-long loan between the two clubs, and should Clarke-Salter head to Coventry, he will follow in the footsteps of Ian Maatsen, who made the move from West London to the Midlands last week.
Clarke-Salter has just a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, but a loan deal seems to favour all parties at present.
So, with the 23-year-old nearing a move to The Sky Blues, we asked some of the team at FLW for their thoughts on this possible deal…
Although he’s been stuck at Chelsea for quite a long time, he has made 40 appearances in the Championship in previous loan spells at Sunderland and Birmingham City.
And if Coventry City’s pre-season taught us anything, it’s how vulnerable the Sky Blues look at the back without Dominic Hyam and Michael Rose available, although both did return for their final pre-season game against Wolves.
Because Mark Robins’ side operate with three at the back, they need as much depth in central defence as possible and Jake Clarke-Salter could be a reasonably cheap option to bring in on loan, ready to prove his point after only playing a limited number of games in the past.
His limited minutes in the past two seasons at Birmingham is probably the only turn off of this potential deal, because the centre-back still has room to improve at 23, has already played in the second tier before and has proven to be a solid option in the past.
Forking out on a transfer fee for a centre-back wouldn’t have been the best option for the Sky Blues after already bringing in eight players during the summer. The bulk of these might be free transfers, but wage bills are usually the killer for clubs suffering with FFP problems, so this is a sensible acquisition.
This would be a really smart addition for Coventry City.
Jake Clarke-Salter is a player of real quality at Championship level and so it’s no surprise to see the Sky Blues come knocking.
After making 34 appearances for Birmingham City during his loan spells at St Andrews the player knows exactly what the second tier is about and that can only serve Coventry well if they manage to get a move over the line.
His long-term future looks to be away from Chelsea and perhaps moving to a club like the Sky Blues is exactly what he needs.
I like the sound of this to be honest.
Clarke-Salter is a steady performer at this level and he’ll be looking to prove a point having failed to establish himself as a key player during his second loan spell at Birmingham.
He is a commanding, imposing figure who is strong in the air, but he is also comfortable at playing out from the back which would see him fit into Mark Robins’ system.
They need to bring in a new centre-half to replace the impressive Leo Ostigard, and Clarke-Salter fits the bill and ticks more than one box.
It’s another clever addition for the Sky Blues.