Jordan Shipley made a rare appearance for Coventry City at the weekend after what has been a hugely frustrating season so far for the home-grown talent.
The 24-year-old made what was only his second showing for the Sky Blues this term, having played 90 minutes against Northampton Town in the EFL Cup back in August.
Although he’s been included in the matchday squad on 14 occasions during the first half of the campaign, he’s yet to feature in the Championship, having played 27 times in the league last season, many of which were from the bench.
We don’t know what the future holds for the Cov Kid who is out of contract in the summer, having more than played his part in City’s impressive rise from the fourth tier to the Championship.
The popular player has been linked with interest from a number of clubs in the transfer window.
And after his latest showing in a Sky Blues shirt, Robins paid a fulsome tribute to the lad, albeit unable to say whether his 66 minutes against the Rams is enough to earn him more chances in the second half of the season.
Asked if Shipley ’s hard-working and effective performance at the top of the box midfield – a position which suits him perfectly – will give the player confidence to push for more chances, Robins said: “He’s earned a lot of respect anyway.
“He’s done unbelievable things with us, grown with us from League Two.
“He scored an unbelievable goal at Wembley, not to mention the numerous goals he’s scored in that season, and then into League One he scored some unbelievable goals.
“He’s creative and worked his socks off. He’s a Coventry lad and a Coventry fan and the supporters really want to get behind everyone in the team, but certainly their own.
“Obviously with him not being in the side, I would have loved it to have been a full house and for him to have come into it against Derby and see Shippers play because they all feed off it.”
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