Coventry City have benefitted massively from the impact of Ian Maatsen on loan so far this season and, despite putting in some impressive performances for the Sky Blues, it looks like he could stay on at the club as reported by Coventry Live.
The 19-year-old has played in 21 games for the team so far this campaign in the league and despite his youth, he hasn’t looked out of place. In fact, he has formed part of a team that has so far defied the odds and emerged as genuine play-off contenders in the second tier.
Because of the displays that Maatsen has put in for the club, many are worried that Chelsea could soon recall the player and even utilise him in their own squad in the second half of the season. With Ben Chilwell sidelined and Marcos Alonso faltering, there is certainly the opportunity there for the youngster to get a game at Stamford Bridge.
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However, the good news for Coventry is that he is likely to be allowed to play in the FA Cup as reported by Coventry Live – and that suggests that the Blues and Thomas Tuchel have no plans to bring him back to his parent club and let him play for them in the next part of the season.
It’s a boost for Mark Robins and Coventry, as it means that one of their most exciting talents this year can now kick on and help them out in both the cup and the league. If he can keep up his superb showings for the Sky Blues though, then he could certainly be in with a chance of playing for Chelsea next season.
Ian Maatsen is a real talent and it speaks volumes of his ability (but also the current Chelsea injury issues) that there has been talk of the Blues recalling him and giving him some Premier League action.
It looks as though that won’t be happening though, which is positive news for Coventry. He’s been a first-team regular since his move to the team and for him to pull out halfway through the season would certainly be a blow to the Sky Blues and would likely mean they have to scramble for a replacement during the transfer window.
Instead, Coventry can now strengthen other more important areas of their team and sleep soundly in the knowledge that they can keep hold of the 19-year-old. He’s versatile too and offers them an option in other areas of the field to boot, which is a big advantage for them.
It’s not the first time he has impressed either, having played for Charlton in the past. Coventry represents the most action he has had so far in his career though and at a good level too – which will work wonders for his development.