This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Nathan Baker is reportedly on Coventry City’s shortlist of potential transfer targets after leaving Bristol City.
The centre-back was released earlier this year and, according to CoventryLive, the Sky Blues are weighing up a move for him.
But would he be a good signing for them? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
I think this could be a top signing for Coventry to be fair.
We have seen just how important the experience of Kyle McFadzean has been in helping the younger defenders thrive, such as Leo Ostigard, Michael Rose, and Sam McCallum.
Coventry fans will hope to see McFadzean pen a new deal soon, but Baker is in the same mould and would be another commanding figure to add to the backline.
Baker has plenty of experience and is a leader, but injuries have really hampered him of late and limited him to only three league appearances this term.
From that viewpoint, it is a risk, but if you can get a fully fit Nathan Baker playing regularly, then it would be some signing, especially on a free.
Did each of these 20 players ever score a goal whilst on loan at Coventry City?
I like the sound of this potential agreement.
I wasn’t surprised to see Bristol City not agree to a new deal with Baker, as he didn’t feature regularly enough for them to warrant a fresh contract heading into the season.
But on a free transfer, I think this would be a shrewd move by Coventry City ahead of next year’s campaign.
Baker has experience of playing in the Championship recently with Bristol City, and has previously been on the books with Aston Villa earlier in his career, which shows that he’s got the quality to perform to a high standard when he’s at his best.
Coventry City could benefit from adding additional depth to their defence this summer, and Baker could prove to be the ideal player to add some experience and quality to their back-line ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Baker is one of the names at centre-back, who I have been saying that Mark Robins should be looking at in the last few weeks, so naturally I think this would be a good move.
On the face of it there would be a few concerns if this were to happen from the perspective of Coventry fans – the former Aston Villa man is the wrong side of 30 years old now and he missed the majority of this past season with injuries, only returning for the final three games of the campaign.
But if Baker can prove that he’s gotten over those injury struggles then I don’t see why he can’t be a solid defender at Championship level like he has been in the past.
His wage demands shouldn’t be an issue – despite having Premier League experience he’s not at that level anymore and therefore he won’t be asking for anything extortionate.
With Mark Robins deploying three centre-backs in his system of choice, there’s a need for reinforcements in that position and Baker would definitely fit the bill.