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What are Coventry City’s 8 most expensive signings up to these days?



Coventry City face a big challenge this season.

After securing promotion from League One the Sky Blues face the daunting prospect of fighting bravely against relegation from the second tier.

The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in world football with clubs from the lower end of the EFL forced to battle it out with ex-Premier League clubs with the world in their pockets.

That’s why Mark Robins will be lauded if they can avoid the drop, and rightly so.

Of course their hopes would be much easier if they had the sort of money that they once held to sign some of the best players that England had to offer.

Some big names have graced the Sky Blues, but where are their most valuable incomings now?

We took to Transfermarkt to track them down.

8. Vieral Moldovan

The Romanian moved to Coventry City in 1998 from Grasshoppers in a £2.98m deal.

His time with the club didn’t go exactly to plan after making just 10 appearances for the club, but things have picked up since.

Now a manager of Petrolul Ploiești, the forward is forging a successful career in the hotseat.

7. Gary Breen

The defender arrived at the Sky Blues in 1997 from Birmingham City.

In a deal worth £3.38m, Breen went on to spend five years with Coventry City establishing himself as a reliable servant for the club.

Since then Breen has moved into coaching and management with roles at Peterborough United and the Republic Of Ireland.

6. Lee Carsley

One of the Premier League’s most consistent midfielders.

After joining from Blackburn Rovers for £3.38m, Carsley made 74 appearances for the Sky Blues before moving on to Everton.

Since then Carsley has established himself as a top youth coach with the likes of Manchester City, Birmingham City and most recently, England under-20s.

5. David Thompson

The midfielder joined the club for £4.05m from Liverpool in 2000.

Thompson went on to make 67 appearances for the club before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in 2002.

Now 43 years of age, Thompson works in the media and is regularly found on both BBC Merseyside and BBC 5Live.

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4. Mustapha Hadji

The Moroccan moved to Coventry City in 1999 after leaving Deportivo La Caruna in a deal worth £5.4m

After scoring 12 goals in 62 appearances Hadji left the Sky Blues to join Aston Villa where he spent the next two years.

Since retiring the attacking midfielder has worked as both a coach and an ambassador for Morocco.

3. Lee Hughes

After joining Coventry City in 2001 for a fee of £6.75m, the striker moved on to join West Brom the following year.

Matters away from the football pitch stopped his career in their tracks however the frontman did continue playing up until April this year when he finally hung up his boots after playing for Grantham Town.

2. Robbie Keane

One of the most successful managers in Premier League history.

After joining from Wolves for £8.1m, Keane spent just one year with the Sky Blues before being snapped up by Inter Milan.

Since then he enjoyed a career at the highest level before working as a first team coach for Middlesbrough and Republic Of Ireland.

1. Craig Bellamy

The Welsh striker takes the crown as Coventry City’s most valuable signing after joining the club for £8.33m from Norwich City.

He went on to enjoy an excellent career where he played for several clubs including the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham United and Liverpool.

Since then Bellamy has started on the road to becoming a manager and coach.

North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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