It is going to be a crucial summer for Coventry City as the Sky Blues aim to build on their excellent achievement of securing their Championship status for next term.
Mark Robins’ side deserves a lot of credit for the way they have been able to stay clear of the bottom three for most of the campaign, and ensured that they have survived with a few matches to spare. That has been no easy task, and the fact that Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United who came up with them look like they are heading back down shows the size of the task they faced.
Coventry are set to return to the Ricoh Arena next term as well, and with fans also looking likely to be returning the momentum is there for Coventry to try and kick on. Robins is going to face some key decisions to try and make that happen for the Sky Blues next term.
With that in mind, we take a look at TWO of the biggest of those decisions that Robins will be faced with…
Whether to use transfer funds to seal returns for Brighton duo
Coventry are unlikely to be operating with a sizeable transfer budget during the summer, and therefore Robins is going to need to be careful with the amount of money he is handed to try and strengthen the squad in the right areas ahead of next season.
A major decision that he is facing is whether or not to try and bring both Leo Ostigard and Viktor Gyokeres back to the club from Brighton this summer. The pair signed for the Sky Blues in the summer and winter windows this term respectively and have both played vital roles in helping them secure their Championship status.
Asked recently about his thoughts on the pair, Robins told the Coventry Telegraph he would be keen to work the two players again in the future. Ostigard’s current deal at Brighton expires in the summer, so the chance could be there to striker a permanent move for him. While Gyokeres still has another year on his deal with Brighton.
So, a decision will have to be made over whether to try and re-sign the pair or pursue other targets.
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How to best strengthen Sky Blues’ attack
Robins’ side have at times this season struggled to convert their chances in the final third season and have at the time of writing averaged less than a goal per game in the Championship. The Sky Blues have fired in 42 goals in their 44 league matches, which is the same as Rotherham who look like they are heading for relegation.
Coventry have had to rely on players chipping in with the odd goal here and there, rather than having had anyone prolific in their side. Out of their forward options, Tyler Walker is their top scorer in the league with seven, then Matt Godden and Maxime Biamou have both found the net six times and Brighton loanee Gyokeres has three to his name.
The Sky Blues have been linked with a potential move for Wigan Athletic’s promising forward Callum Lang, who has found the net nine times in 21 League matches this term. Whether he is the right man to bring in to add more goals upfront for Robins’ side remains to be seen, but it would be a gamble signing rather than a sure bet. It is a decision they have to get right if they are to kick on next term.