Coventry Telegraph’s Tom Leach has given his insight into the departure of Zain Westbrooke, who left Coventry City to join Bristol Rovers earlier this week.
Mark Robins has been busy preparing for the Championship already this summer, bringing in some significant players to improve his squad.
The arrivals began with Gustavo Hamer signing from PEC Zwolle, before Julien Dacosta joined from Chamois Niortais on a free transfer and the additions of Callum O’Hare, Marcel Hilssner and Ryan Giles followed.
Whilst five players have come in to the club, Westbrooke was sold in what came as somewhat of a surprise transfer.
Touching on his exit in a latest Q&A session with Coventry Telegraph, writer Leach gave his thoughts on the midfielder’s exit.
“Firstly, let’s not forget Zain’s goal started it all last season. He helped us to get off to a flying start and played a huge part last term and for that, we owe him a big thank you.
“As far as I understand it, Westbrooke wanted game time and it became clear that he wasn’t going to get that at Coventry. Tommy Widdrington knows him well from his time as City’s head of recruitment and the pair helped get the move done.
“If Robins was not prepared to guarantee Westbrooke game time then I am happy for Zain. He waited a long old time during the early stage of his career for a first-team chance. He finally got his chance at Coventry and now has a taste for regular game time.
“They’ve done some solid deals at Bristol Rovers, they’ll be competitive next term in my eyes.
“Not sure what we got for Zain, the price will remain undisclosed but it will have only been a nominal fee, I would imagine.”
The 23-year-old midfielder was part of the Sky Blues side last season which secured promotion to the Championship, featuring for Robins’ side on 25 occasions in which he netted four goals and gained two assists.
A strange decision for Coventry to sell Westbrooke and an even stranger one from the player who has dropped back down to League One and will attempt another promotion success.
Mark Robins obviously believed that Westbrooke would have limited playing time next season.
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