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Ian Maatsen has had quite the impact on loan at Coventry City this season.
The 20-year-old Chelsea loanee has appeared 34 times for the Sky Blues in the Championship so far, scoring three goals and getting three assists in those matches.
Playing pre-dominantly at left-wing-back, but also occasionally in areas further up the pitch, Maatsen has shown he is more than ready for regular first team football at Championship level – at least.
With that being said, we asked FLW’s Coventry City fan pundit Neil Littlewood whether or not he’d like the Sky Blues to bring Ian Maatsen back to Coventry on loan again this summer.
“Would I like to sign him on loan again? No, I want to sign him permanently! The fella’s an absolute baller.” Neil told FLW.
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“I think he’s been phenomenal for us this year – much better than we expected.”
“He’s got a very very bright future in the game. He’s adaptable, has played higher up the pitch in the number 10 role in a couple of games and done really really well. I’m a massive fan of Ian’s.
“I don’t think we’ll get him again. I can see, potentially with the new loan rules… he becomes that Marcos Alonso replacement at Chelsea and becomes a bit of a squad player.
“I’d love to have Maatsen back and if there’s any way the club can do it they really, really, really should do it.”
Whenever a young player goes on loan from a big club, you know there is talent there, but the question mark is over how they will adapt to the men’s game as opposed to youth football,
Ian Maatsen has shown at Coventry City this season, though, that he was more than ready for the step up.
At 20 years old, the Dutch under-21 international has a big future ahead of him and it will certainly be great to see how he develops in the coming years.
To see him back at Coventry and in the EFL once again next season would be great, but I’m sure Thomas Tuchel will want to take a good look at him in pre-season this summer before deciding what’s best for his development going forward.
It could well be that he comes to the conclusion that Maatsen is best placed as a squad player with Chelsea themselves, as Neil alluded to above.