June 20, 2024

Coventry City transfer news from CoventryLive as Sky Blues fans have their say on their hopes and fears for the the summer window

It’s no exaggeration to say this is the biggest transfer window Coventry City have faced since Tony Mowbray’s ill-fated summer of 2016.

The former Sky Blues boss had a disastrous close season when he and the club simply couldn’t get deals over the line to take the squad to the next level, having come so close the previous campaign with a forward line packed with exciting loan talent. We all know how it ended – the manager walking away ten games in and City dropping down to League Two.

Now, seven years on, Mark Robins faces just as tough a task to negotiate a potentially troublesome but hopefully exciting period of trading. The biggest questions surround the futures of star men Viktor Gyokeres and Gustavo Hamer – the pair having scored 31 goals between them last season and so key to City’s success.

Both are much-wanted men and, as such, are expected to be the subject of bids from higher placed clubs, both home and abroad, with the likelihood that they’ll be sold, albeit reluctantly. The secret to recovering from such potentially damaging departures, however, is using the significant funds from any sales to replenish and strengthen the squad so that come early August the team is stronger than it was heading into the 2022/23 campaign.

We asked fans how they are feeling about the forthcoming transfer window, whether they are confident or fearful? Here’s what they have been saying:

James: Whatever transfer business that is going to happen, both in and out, I hope it’s sorted before the season starts. We need a settled squad as early as possible because I don’t think you can get away with a poor start this season.

Chris Quinney: Doubt we’ll be spending loads of money even if we do sell vik/hamer, at least we’ll know by august if king is serious or not, about time Robins had at least some money to spend.

Chris Hatfield: We will find out if Doug King is genuine or no better than his predecessors. Need at least 5/6 quality signings to go one better than last season.

Mike Seaton: I’ll be almost as surprised if we have a promotion push next season as I was this season, that’s not meant negatively, but the amount of player turnover is going to be a challenge. Excited to see who comes in, but expect a consolidation season ahead of a push.

Andy Oliver: It is what it is! If we sell big, we need to fill as big as we can or it will be a long season! However, Mark Robins will get us through it if we do sell big!

Steve Jones: You’ve got to trust the process – we should know this by now.

Mike Smith: The fact we need at least 12 quality additions, the inevitability of Gus and Vik leaving means it’s a tough gig, Even for MR.

We will need to replace 65% of our goals. Just depends on how much MR is given, if like normal it’s bugger all it’s gonna be tough season I fear.

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