West Ham boss David Moyes absolutely must bring Conor Coventry back to the London Stadium from Peterborough in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old left West Ham for Peterborough on a season-long loan in the summer.
Coventry has played 12 league games for Peterborough so far this season and is still yet to bag either a goal or an assist.
He has only played 428 minutes in total for the Championship side and has had to make do with just 24 minutes action since the end of last month.
There must be a reason why Coventry isn’t playing regularly for Peterborough. It surely isn’t because of a lack of quality though.
The young Republic of Ireland international played so well for West Ham during pre-season and he clearly had enough about him to feature for the senior team at the London Stadium.
Getting regular game-time this season in the lower leagues would have been good for the Hammers youngster though. It would have helped him bulk up and taught him the darker arts of the game.
That would have been David Moyes’s thinking. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out that way though. Peterborough are struggling and are currently sitting inside the relegation zone. Perhaps Darren Ferguson doesn’t trust Coventry in a relegation battle.
Who knows…it’s clear that the 21-year-old is at the wrong club though.
West Ham boss David Moyes needs to bring Conor Coventry back to the London Stadium
The 21-year-old is being wasted with the Championship club. A return to West Ham surely needs to happen in January.
He proved that he is suited to David Moyes’s system at the London Stadium.
West Ham inserted a recall clause in Coventry’s loan deal to Peterborough (Claret and Hugh), so it’s certainly feasible that he could return.
Moyes has Alex Kral and Mark Noble as back up options for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
If truth be told, however, Noble isn’t at the the level required for Premier League football anymore, as harsh as that may sound.
And the jury is still very much out on Kral.
Now, Moyes could bring back Coventry and use him as part of his first-team squad.
Or, he could loan him out to another club where he is guaranteed to play more regularly. Either way, leaving Peterborough in January will be good for Coventry’s development. Sitting on the bench for Darren Ferguson’s side is doing him absolutely no good whatsoever.
The 21-year-old coming back to the London Stadium would provide Moyes with an entirely different option during the second half of the season.
And the Scot shouldn’t hesitate to bring Coventry back to East London.