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Chris Willock signs: 3 dreamy yet realistic Coventry City transfers the club should make this summer

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Coventry City looks set to be planning for another season in the Championship.

The Sky Blues have once again found themselves in and around the top six. While they fell short of reaching the play-offs this season, it has still been an impressive campaign under Mark Robins.

Having started the season slowly, their form soon saw them in play-off contention. Additionally, they had an impressive FA Cup run to be proud of.

Heading into this summer, the club will be optimistic about their chances of breaching the gap and securing a top-six finish next season.

Last summer, Coventry experienced a lot of turnover, losing key players like Viktor Gyokeres and Gus Hamer. While the club may see one or two players depart, they will hope for a quieter transfer window in terms of outgoings.

However, Robins will surely have his eyes on a few areas where they can strengthen. With the summer transfer window approaching, here are three dreamy yet realistic transfer targets Coventry could pursue this summer.

Josh Knight

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The first player on this list is Peterborough United defender Josh Knight.

The 26-year-old has been with Posh since 2021, joining the club on a permanent basis from Leicester City.

Knight has been a key contributor for the side since his arrival, helping them in the Championship and reaching the League One play-offs in the last two seasons.

His contract expires at the end of this season, and given his performances in League One, he could be a target for a team like Coventry City.

Coventry may need to strengthen their defense in the summer transfer window, as they currently have four recognized center-backs, one of whom, Luis Binks, is on loan from Bologna.

Therefore, Knight could be a suitable replacement. He has proven himself as a steady defender who can also play in other areas of the pitch.

Knight has also contributed goals this season, and if he helps Peterborough get back to the Championship, his value could increase, making him an attractive option for Championship clubs like Coventry. While he may not be a regular starter, he could be a valuable squad player for Coventry.

Chris Willock

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The next player on this three-man list is Queens Park Rangers midfielder Chris Willock, a player who will likely draw interest from many Championship clubs this summer due to his contract situation.

The 26-year-old’s contract with QPR expires at the end of this season, and with no sign of a new agreement being reached, he will be available on a free transfer this summer. Consequently, he is expected to be highly sought after, and Coventry should be one of the clubs keeping a close eye on his situation.

Since joining QPR in 2020, Willock has been a vital player for the West London team, making significant contributions in terms of scoring goals and creating chances.

Chris Willock’s 2022/23 Championship stats for QPR
Matches played 28
Minutes per game 60
Goals 6
Goal frequency 279 minutes
Shots per game 1.7
Goal conversion 13%
Assists 2
Big chances created 3
Key passes 1.1
Passing accuracy per game 17.8 (85%)
Successful dribbles 1.5 (62%)
Average rating 6.87
Stats as per Sofascore.com

This season hasn’t been Chris Willock’s best in terms of numbers, but that might not be too surprising given QPR’s overall poor campaign. However, last season, Willock demonstrated his capabilities at this level, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 28 league games.

Willock is versatile, capable of operating in the number 10 role as well as out wide. This versatility could benefit Coventry City, especially considering that the club looks set to lose Callum O’Hare this summer as his contract comes to an end. With O’Hare likely to depart, the Sky Blues will need to find a suitable replacement, and Willock could be an ideal option.

The midfielder brings plenty of experience at the Championship level and has shown his ability to both score and create goals, attributes that Coventry will require, particularly with O’Hare leaving.

Macaulay Langstaff

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Coventry City faced the departure of Viktor Gyokeres, necessitating the search for a new striker. In response, the Sky Blues not only signed one forward but brought in two last summer, Ellis Simms and Haji Wright.

Both Simms and Wright have made significant contributions, emerging as the club’s top goalscorers. However, beyond them, there is a noticeable drop-off in attacking options. With Matt Godden also struggling to make an impact this season, manager Mark Robins may once again look to bolster his forward line.

In this context, Notts County striker Macauley Langstaff could emerge as a realistic target for Coventry City. His addition would further strengthen the team’s promotion bid and provide valuable depth in the attacking department.

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