Coventry City midfielder Jordan Shipley has handed Mark Robins a key to success in the Championship next season, saying the squad should play to the strengths of new signing Gustavo Hamer.
The 23-year-old became the Sky Blues’ first signing this summer, moving from Dutch side PEC Zwolle, and he has since been enjoying pre-season with his new club.
The Netherlands youth international’s transfer fee was just over £1m and he arrives with a wealth of experience in Dutch football, having made his professional first team debut for Feyenoord against Ajax back in 2017.
Following a short loan spell with Dordrecht in the Eerste Divisie, Hamer joined Zwolle and it was his performances there which gained him a move to Coventry.
Discussing Hamer’s impressions in pre-season training, Shipley revealed his thoughts on how the squad should set out and play next term.
“They (Coventry’s new signings) all have different strengths and different traits and we will be looking to play off that next season,” Shipley told CWR as quoted by Coventry Live.
“The three weeks that we have been in, the new signings have all stood out.
“Gustavo, he works hard, you could see how hard he works in the Rangers game. He’s good on the ball and if you give him the ball things are going to happen.
“We have to play to those strengths and work on our weaknesses in training and then we’ll see what happens.”
Hamer seems to have made a significant early impression with the Sky Blues and to have such a comment made by a teammate should further enhance his reputation.
Robins has been busy thus far in the transfer window and next season already looks an exciting one for Coventry. If Hamer can deliver on the promise that has been hinted by Shipley, the Sky Blues boss will have pulled off a transfer masterstroke.
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