Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison believes Conor Coventry is good enough for a first-team promotion. Sharing his opinion with fans on Twitter, Collison called Coventry a “seriously talented” player and he wants to see more of him in the senior side.
Coventry was given an eight-minute cameo in Tuesday night’s win over Newport County. He did have one shaky moment, though. He was tackled on the edge of his own box and Newport hit the crossbar from that chance.
However, Collison has watched Coventry closely – having worked with the academy – and believes he has the tools to succeed. The 19-year-old captains the U23 team and could be set for more senior chances.
On Twitter, Collison said: “Personally Would have loved to see @conorcoventry get longer…The lads seriously talented & any minutes will only help his development.”
Conor Coventry breakthrough year?
This could be the perfect time for Coventry to break into the West Ham team. Throughout the summer, fans were begging the club to sign a new defensive midfielder to fix the problem position.
Declan Rice has made that position his own but one injury will leave West Ham in trouble. Carlos Sanchez is the second-choice in that department but his performances have failed to excite West Ham fans. And Coventry is third in line.
The Republic of Ireland U21 international is only one injury away from a regular spot on the bench. With this in mind, Manuel Pellegrini will be eager to blood him into the first-team. Coventry has been training with the senior side for a while and now has two first-team appearances under his belt.
With more minutes, Coventry will get better, according to Collison. And the tenacious midfielder could be just what West Ham need. This could be his year to break into the side.