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Conor Coventry has his sights set on further first team involvement after debut

2018/19 has already been a season to remember for 18-year-old Conor Coventry.

The teenage Irish midfielder made his first team debut against Macclesfield last month; in an 8-0 win which only served to make the evening even sweeter.

Now, Coventry has opened up about his ambitions for the rest of the season; both at club and international level.

Does he consider himself a first team player now? How can he force himself into Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League plans? Read on for the answers and more…


Dream debut

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Coventry said: “I think it’s been good start to the season. The highlight was obviously the Macclesfield game, which I didn’t really expect coming into the season.

“It’s been a massive feeling for me and it was a night that could not have gone any better. It has just made me hungrier for more of that feeling.

“I just want to keep training with the first team whenever I can and get into more squads and keep trying to play well and doing my stuff in the Under-23s.

“I love meeting up with the [Ireland Under 19] squad. I’ve known the boys for a few years now so there’s a great bond there. The main thing for all of us is playing for our country, which is a massive, massive honour.

“There’s so much pride in it and when we come together everyone is buzzing and ready to give everything for the shirt.”

Injury crisis

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The injuries to Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere have left Pellegrini a little bit light in midfield.

Coventry could well be the biggest beneficiary; Pellegrini cannot dip into the transfer market until January, so the Irishman could well be first in line as a replacement.

It would be a big ask for a young man; but Grady Diangana took his chance expertly and there is no reason Coventry couldn’t either.

He also has international experience, which will stand him in good stead.

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