West Ham United starlet Conor Coventry has been likened to Barcelona great Andreas Iniesta.
With a – frankly unforgiveable – lack of midfield options beyond Mark Noble and Declan Rice this season, Coventry threatened to break into the West Ham squad at the start of the season.
Having made his debut at the same stage of the competition the season before in West Ham’s 8-0 win over Macclesfield, Coventry played 40 minutes of West Ham’s League Cup victory over Newport County.
The Under 23s captain and Republic of Ireland Under 21 star is highly rated by the Hammers.
Hammers tied highly rated Coventry down to long-term deal
Some supporters were excited at the prospect of seeing Coventry alongside Rice in the first team.
There were concerns the 19-year-old midfielder might leave when contract negotiations hit turbulence and he was linked with a host of clubs (The Guardian).
But West Ham eventually tied him down to a new long-term deal at the start of January (whufc.com).
“I want to play in the first team for West Ham United,” Coventry said when he signed the deal (whufc.com).
“That’s what I’ve signed the contract to do, so hopefully in the next coming years I can be a first-team player for West Ham.”
West Ham starlet dubbed ‘the Irish Iniesta’
Coventry went out on loan to Lincoln in January. And if his performances for the League One side are anything to go by that will not be too far away.
Coventry pulled the strings in the Imps’ thrilling 3-2 win over Burton Albion at Sincil Bank.
And his form has seen him earn the tag ‘the Irish Iniesta’. Lincoln posted a picture of Coventry on Twitter yesterday with the high praise and a wizard emoji.
The Irish Iniesta 🧙♂️ pic.twitter.com/CFukTUGKF6
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) March 9, 2020
Iniesta is one of the greatest players to ever grace the game. So just to be mentioned in the same likeness is a huge compliment.
Exciting future for West Ham… if Moyes can keep them up
Beyond the dreaded threat of relegation it is exciting times for West Ham fans.
The emergence of Jeremy Ngakia and Grady Diangana alongside Rice, and the likes of Coventry, Amadou Diallo and Ademipo Odubeko bubbling under is a mouthwatering prospect.
Now all David Moyes has to do is make sure West Ham stay in the Premier League this season.
Then he can look to implement his plans to build a new look West Ham around young, hungry players as highlighted by his signing of Jarrod Bowen (whufc.com).