Coventry City have endured a recent dip in form over the last few weeks, having failed to win any of their last three league games, which has seen the Sky Blues drop out of the League One play-off places.
That run of form is in stark contrast to Coventry’s start to the season, which saw Mark Robins’ side win five of their opening nine League One matches to move up into the division’s top six places – and that fine start to the campaign saw the Sky Blues’ boss linked with a move to take over from Jack Ross at Sunderland, before he signed a new deal with the club.
The main reason for Coventry’s dip in form in the last three games, and the end of their impressive ten match unbeaten run at the start of the season, has been their inability to covert the chances they are crating in the attacking third, with the Sky Blues’ defence largely solid, barring the 4-0 defeat at Rotherham United, having conceded just eleven goals across their other eleven matches.
Robins’ side have managed to score just one goal in their last three games, having found the net 15 times in their first nine league games – and that has largely been down to a slight loss in confidence in both Coventry strikers Matt Godden and Jordy Hiwula, which has seen the pair fail to take clear cut chances that have come their way.
Godden, has so far managed to register three league goals for the Sky Blues since making the summer switch from Peterborough United, but the 28-year-old has failed to score in any of Coventry’s last five league matches – and in Robins’ sides 1-0 defeat at home Tranmere Rovers last time out he missed at least three really good chances to end that run.
Hiwula, meanwhile, has managed just two goals in 12 games, having scored 12 in 39 appearances last term, and the 25-year-old has netted just once in eight games – and he like Godden was guilty of failing to hit the target on multiple occasions with decent opportunities against Tranmere, as the Sky Blues dominated but could not find a break through.
Therefore, given Coventry’s recent dip in form has coincided with a drop off from both Godden and Hiwula, it might be time for Robins to consider bringing Amadou Bakayoko back into the starting line-up, with the 23-year-old showing his ability to be productive last season netting seven goals and four assists in 31 games last term.
Bakayoko, scored Coventry’s last league goal from the bench netting a crucial 89th minute equaliser against Doncaster Rovers a few weeks ago, but that was not enough to earn him a place ahead of either Godden or Hiwula for the last two games.
However, considering the Sky Blues lost without scoring in both matches, it must be time for Robins to give Bakayoko a chance up front, and maybe let one of the two other strikers go out of the limelight whilst they are low on confidence.
Coventry will need to improve in front of goal when they travel to MK Dons at the weekend, and it will be interesting to see whether Robins shows faith in Bakayoko to start the game, in an attempt to get the Sky Blues firing again in front of goal.