Coventry City fans were tonight continuing to wait for news on what could be Mark Robins’s ninth summer signing.
The Sun today reported that the Sky Blues have agreed a loan deal with Premier League Arsenal for central midfielder Ben Sheaf.
The 22-year-old has been a summer-long target for City who, it is claimed, have struck a deal to take the defence minded player on loan from the Emirates Stadium with a view to a £750,000 permanent move.
CoventryLive understands that no announcements of any deals are expected by Coventry tonight.
The young Gunner enjoyed a season-long loan spell at League One Doncaster Rovers last season before publicly stating he was targeting a breakthrough to Arsenal’s first team.
But instead the Emirates academy product is on the move for the third time in two years, having first played senior football in a temporary spell with Stevenage in 2018, during which time he played half a dozen games with Matty Godden including a 3-1 Ricoh Arena defeat to the Sky Blues, courtesy of a Marc McNulty brace and third from Liam Kelly.
“I want to play for Arsenal. That is the dream,” the former West Ham United Academy prospect told Goal.
“It’s easy to say injuries have stopped me, which I think they partly have.
“But I wouldn’t have the journey I’ve had any other way. That sounds a bit cringe, but I wouldn’t.
“I’ve had some dark times but I know that I’m good enough and if given the opportunity I will prove myself as good enough.
“It’s just whether that opportunity comes up or not.
“I would love to go back and prove myself because I’ve never really had that injury-free spell when I’ve been there.”
However, it seems Sheaf doesn’t figure in manager Mikel Arteta’s plans and a move to the Championship could provide the perfect platform for the player to begin to fulfil his potential.
Mark Robins has been looking for a talented holding midfielder all summer but Sheaf is understood to have been his number one target to add strength in depth in the middle of the park ahead of what promises to be a gruelling Championship schedule.
“We have been looking for that for a while,” he said, “and the reason being is we have got Liam Kelly and with the amount of games we have got, I think Kels will step up, because that’s what he does, and I think he’ll relish any challenge that’s thrown down because he’s risen to everything and got past it, and he’ll enjoy that.
“But the truth in the matter is we have got games Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday/Tuesday as well as Wednesdays and Fridays and we’ll play every day of the week this season and we need to have a squad that’s robust enough to cope with those demands.
“So we need some sort of cover in that position, no doubt.”
It seems supporters will have to wait a little while longer to find out if Sheaf is that man.