West Ham midfielder Conor Coventry helped the Republic of Ireland U21 team to a 1-0 win over Armenia. Coventry played the full 90 minutes in the Euro 2021 qualifier on Friday night.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott scored on his Republic of Ireland U21 debut while Coventry ran the show in midfield. The FA Ireland Twitter account shared Coventry’s statistics on Twitter to show just how talented he is. This could even be an indicator that he is edging closer to West Ham’s senior side.
Conor Coventry: The stats
Coventry’s performance in numbers was impressive for a box-to-box midfielder. In terms of his heat map and distance covered, the 19-year-old was all over the pitch and was an engine in the midfield.
According to FA Ireland’s infographic, Coventry covered 11.273km during the 90 minutes. This is an average of 104m per minute and he performed 49 sprints over the course of the game.
Conor Coventry set for first-team role?
Coventry has all the ingredients to become a tenacious, tough-tackling and energetic midfielder alongside Declan Rice. His style of play is markedly different to Rice’s – despite their similar rise through the Irish youth system – and they could complement each other.
Manuel Pellegrini refused to sign a new defensive midfielder in the summer so there is a vacancy as Rice’s successor and potential partner. Carlos Sanchez is currently occupying the back-up holding midfield role but Coventry is proving he could step into this spot.
The Republic of Ireland U21 midfielder was linked with a loan exit in the summer but Pellegrini has kept him around. He was given a short cameo against Newport County and will be aiming to make his Premier League debut this season. His latest performance for the Boys in Green will do him no harm.