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Ostigard in: The best combined Coventry City XI from the last 5 years – Do you agree?

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After securing an already solid 16th place last term, they have been one of the surprise packages of the Championship this season with their current position of fourth.

Recruiting well in the summer to bring in Simon Moore and placing a huge amount of faith in Viktor Gyokeres to make his deal permanent, Mark Robins has coped extremely well with losing the likes of previous loanees Leo Ostigard and Sam McCallum, something he must be commended for.

This season is a continuation of the Sky Blues’ meteoric rise up the football pyramid, being in the fourth tier as late as 2018 under their current boss but now placing themselves in the promotion mix, with an unlikely promotion to the Premier League not out of the question.

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Although league rivals Sheffield United are currently aiding their hopes of promotion after such an underwhelming start from Slavisa Jokanovic’s men, who were previously expecting to be in and around the top six after competing in the Premier League last term, the West Midlands outfit have earned their current position on merit.

And they will be hoping to fend off the likes of the Blades and Nottingham Forest who will be expecting to be pushing for a play-off spot by the time next May comes around.

Nerves in the camp considering their current position and raised expectations would be understandable, but they should look to where they were just a few years ago and take great comfort in the fact they are in a much better position now, regardless of whether they can finish in the top six or not.

Combining the past and present, we have selected our best combined Coventry lineup from a (mostly) magnificent past five years. Let us know if you agree or not!

Marko Marosi may feel as though he deserves a place in this lineup, but in a short space of time, Simon Moore is already proving to be a hit at the CBS Arena and his instant impact is why he gains his place in the starting lineup.

At wing-back, Fankaty Dabo starts and many people wouldn’t have any complaints with that, although the spot on the left is slightly more contentious.

Sam McCallum just pips Ian Maatsen to the post, purely because the former was so reliable and you would ideally want to see a bit more from the latter before he comes in, although the Chelsea man does have a lot of potential.

Dominic Hyam, Kyle McFadzean and Leo Ostigard also come in despite Michael Rose being in with a shout of being in contention, but the talent of the latter earns him a place in the starting 11. A special shout out must go to Hyam, who joined the club way back in 2017 when they were in the fourth tier.

Another man who has been a key part of that journey is Liam Kelly, who has been an exceptional servant and a brilliant captain despite his injuries over the years. His influence behind the scenes, even when he’s not playing, can’t be understated.

The other two in midfield are easy picks, with Gustavo Hamer and Callum O’Hare both coming in.

Those two especially will be vital in sustaining their current promotion push, along with Viktor Gyokeres and Matt Godden who complete this lineup.

The former is an obvious choice after his scintillating start to this term, but Godden’s goals-to-game ratio during 2019/20 was exceptional and with six goals in ten matches so far this term, he’s on course to have a bright season in the second tier, something that would be a real boost for his career.


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