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One winner and one loser at Coventry City if they seal deal for Derby County star

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Coventry City are interested in signing Derby County midfielder Max Bird, a report from Football Insider has claimed.

Having come through the academy ranks at Derby, Bird has made 113 appearances first-team appearances in all competitions for the Rams, scoring two goals.

But following the club’s relegation from the Championship at the end of last season, it seems as though the 21-year-old could be a man in demand this summer.

According to this update, Coventry have now registered there interest in signing Bird, who has two years remaining on his contract at Pride Park.

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So what impact could this signing have on the rest of the Sky Blues’ squad if it was to happen?

Here, we’ve taken a look at one winner and one loser among Coventry’s current squad, if they are able to complete a deal for Bird.

Winner: Dom Hyam

One player who could certainly welcome the addition of Bird to ease his workload somewhat, is centre backs Dominic Hyam.

In Bird, Coventry would be getting a strong defensive misfielder, capable of stopping opposition attacks from becoming too dangerous with his tough tackling nature, while his ability when in possession could also help the Sky Blues to control games.

The contribution that Bird could therefore make to shutting down attacks early could therefore help ease the pressure on defenders such as Hyam – who was a regular for Coventry last season – meaning they may well be pleased with this sort of business from the club.

Loser: Josh Eccles

Centre midfielder Eccles has yet to really establish himself as a first-team regular for Coventry, having managed just five Championship appearances for the Sky Blues last season.

The additions of Bird could therefore be a concern for the 22-year-old, since it would give him another more experienced and established Championship midfielder for him to contend with for a place in Mark Robins’ team.

That could potentially push Eccles further down the pecking order at The CBS Arena, which may leave him with a big decision to make over his future, as he reaches the stage of his career where he needs to be playing regular senior football.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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