Mark Robins was full of praise for Ian Maatsen ahead of Coventry City’s clash with Preston North End.
The 19-year old is on loan for the season from Chelsea and has impressed for the Sky Blues.
The Dutchman has featured 27 times for Robins’ side in the Championship, starting 24 of those appearances.
But Robins is uncertain whether the club will be able to retain his services for next season, with the decision out of their hands.
“That’s not something I am prepared to talk publicly about because he’s not my player,” said Robins, via Coventry Live.
“What I would say is he’s a brilliant young man who has absolutely bought into things, 100 per cent, and given everything.
“He’s had a bit of illness and injury and come back and worked really hard to get himself back into a position – been really diligent with that and everything he has done.
“So I am delighted with him. He’s doing everything I have expected from him and he’s obviously developing a little bit more confidence at the front end of the pitch, which is what we have seen from him.
“He’s scored three goals. The goal against Fulham was an unbelievable finish, a great strike which he showed again against Bristol City the other night. He had a little bit of help with the deflected one at Reading but he’s got a really positive attitude and is someone I really like as a player and a kid.
“He’s a top young man.”
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Maatsen has even scored three goals from midfield as he has played a key role in Coventry’s season.
Robins’ side are ninth in the table and chasing a play-off place.
Victory over Preston could see Coventry go level with sixth place Sheffield United, if results elsewhere go in their favour.
The game takes place on Saturday at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Maatsen has been an important and impressive player for Coventry this season.
This has been a great season for his development and there are plenty of reasons why Chelsea should be happy with how this deal has worked out.
That may come as an advantage for Coventry in the Summer if Chelsea do look to loan him out again.
This is another vindication of Coventry’s approach to the transfer market and their trust in younger players.