Coventry City boss Mark Robins has been extremely active in the summer transfer market, recruiting ten new players to date.

And with the window set to stay open until the middle of next month, there’s still plenty more time for movement in and out of the club.

The transfer window is due to close on October 5 but Premier League and EFL clubs will still be able to get deals done as part of a domestic-only window from October 5-16.

That window will close on Friday, October 16 at 5pm.

Here we look at the business already done by the Sky Blues, who are looking to compete back in the Championship for the first time in eight long years, assess the prospect of more new recruits and take a look at who could be going through the exit door.

What’s happened so far?

Gustavo Hamer:

Not a manager to hang about in any transfer window, Robins was quick to seal a deal for the tough tackling and dynamic midfielder in early July to replace the outstanding Liam Walsh.

The 23-year-old was the first signing ahead of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship campaign, joining the Sky Blues from the Dutch Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle for an undisclosed fee, putting pen-to-paper on a three-year-deal that takes him to July 2023.

And the deep lying midfield playmaker has already shown he’s up to the task with outstanding performances in his opening two games for City.

Gustavo Hamer has become Coventry City's first signing of the transfer window.
Gustavo Hamer was Coventry City’s first signing of the transfer window.

Julien Dacosta:

The 24-year-old swiftly followed as City’s second summer signing a few days later on July 6 after agreeing a three-year-deal with the club.

Dacosta joined on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract with French Ligue 2 side, FC Chamois Niort.

Born in Marseille, Julien joined his hometown club as a youngster, developing in the academy of Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.

In 2017 the full back moved to Chamois Niort, where he established himself at right-back and made 80 appearances in all competitions.

Brought in to rival fan favourite Fankaty Dabo, Dacosta has suffered a pre-season injury that means he’ll be sidelined until November.

Julien Dacosta has signed for Coventry City.

Callum O’Hare:

The 22-year-old caused much excitement among fans when he returned to the club following a hugely successful year-long loan from Aston Villa midway through July.

City beat off competition from fellow second tier clubs for his signature after the attacking midfielder left Villa Park as a free agent, signing a three-year contact.

O’Hare made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues last season, scoring four times and contributing seven assists.

And he’s already got himself on the scoresheet this term, bagging the second goal in a 3-2 victory over QPR to reinforce the fact that he’s more than capable of stepping up.

Marcel Hilssner:

The 25-year-old German winger joined the club a day later on July 16, signing a three-year deal with the Sky Blues after joining from SC Paderborn for an undisclosed fee.

Hilßner began his career with Werder Bremen, joining the Bundesliga side’s youth set-up aged 14, before going on to represent Werder Bremen ll on over 80 occasions.

The former German Under 19 international made one appearance for Bremen’s first team, departing in 2016 to join Dynamo Dresden following their promotion to Germany’s second tier.

He spent a season with Drseden, joining Hansa Rostock where he would spend a further two years in 2017, eventually moving to SC Paderborn in 2019. Last season, Hilßner joined Hallescher FC on loan in January of 2020, spending the remainder of the 19/20 campaign with the German side.

New Sky Blues singing Marcel Hilssner.
New Sky Blues singing Marcel Hilssner.

Jay McGrath:

Next up was the arrival of defender Jay McGrath from non-league Mickleover FC.

The 17-year-old centre-back joined on a two-year-deal from the Northern Premier Division side to link up with the Sky Blues development side.

Jay is predominantly a left-footed centre-half, who has also been deployed as a left-back during his career to date.

The youngster is the son of former Burton Albion midfielder, John McGrath, who is also the current manager of Mickleover.

Ryan Giles:

July also saw the return of Ryan Giles on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long deal.

The rapid 20-year-old can play in several positions on the left and joined Coventry on loan on the January transfer deadline day earlier in the year.

Leo Ostiagard:

City fans had to wait almost a month for the club’s next signing with Ostigard joining on a season-long loan from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion on August 27.

Coventry City loan signing Leo Ostigard with manager Mark Robins

The Norwegian central defender and Under-21 international is a product of the Molde Academy, making his senior debut for the club in 2017.

In 2018 he made the move to Brighton and Hove Albion, appearing for the south coast side in the EFL Trophy during his first season.

He spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Bundesliga 2 side FC St Pauli in Germany, making 28 appearances.

And he’s started the season in City’s back three, already showing his quality.

Tyler Walker:

Next up was the much-awaited arrival of a striker.

He came in the form of Tyler Walker from Nottingham Forest who signed for an undisclosed fee on August 28.

The 23-year-old signed a three-year deal with the club and comes as a long-term target of manager Mark Robins.

Walker has spent the majority of the last two season enjoying prolific loan spells away from the City Ground – netting 26 goals in 52 games at Mansfield in 2018/19, earning a place in the League Two team of the year, and scoring 16 goals in 34 games last season at Lincoln City.

New signing Tyler Walker with Coventry City manager Mark Robins

An England Under 20 international, Walker made his debut for hometown side Forest in March 2015 and would go on to make 45 appearances and score seven goals for the Reds, including last season in their win over Leeds United.

The Sky Blues have held off interest from a number of clubs to seal the signing of the pacy and athletic 6 foot 1” forward.

Ben Sheaf:

Robins’s late summer priority was a central defence-minded midfielder, with Arsenal’s Ben Sheaf the man he has pursued for months.

And he finally got his man with the Arsenal Academy graduate joining on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Coventry City’s Ben Sheaf and Gillingham’s Vadaine Oliver compete for a header during the Carabao Cup match at Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham.

City had also been strongly linked with interest in Manchester United development squad midfielder James Garner and West Brom’s 22-year-old Sam Field, but Sheaf’s arrival appears to put an end to any interest there.

Sam McCallum:

City pulled a rabbit out of the hat when they announced the return of Sam McCallum on a season-long loan from Norwich City.

The 20-year-old left-back/lwing-back only signed for the Canaries in January, immediately returning on loan until the end of the season.

However, just two games into the new campaign and the marauding defender is back with the Sky Blues to rival Ryan Giles and Brandon Mason.

Sam McCallum and Chiedozie Ogbene

One more?

The Sky Blues have to be on their limit in terms of spending this summer and it’s unlikely that anyone else would be able to come in unless players are moved off the books.

The one name that refuses to go away is Dundee United’s star striker Lawrence Shankland who has been watched regularly by City scouts, according to reports north of the border.

Lawrence Shankland.

Contracted until 2022, the Scotland international would not come cheap. And with the news this week that plans to bring fans back to stadiums has been put on hold for up to six months, that will put added financial pressures on the club.


Zain Westbrooke:

Early August saw the surprise move of the popular midfielder to League One side Bristol Rovers, following in the footsteps of a number of other former Sky Blues to the Memorial Stadium.

Westbrooke was sold for an undisclosed fee.

Zain Westbrooke and Callum O'Hare.
Zain Westbrooke left Coventry City this summer while Callum O’Hare is one of eight new recruits so far.

Jordan Ponticelli:

The 21-year-old striker also left in August, joining Wrexham for an undisclosed fee.

Ponticelli spent a short spell last season on loan at the Racecourse Ground, where he managed two goals in five appearances before the end of the campaign.

Josh Eccles:

The development squad midfielder earned rave reviews during his performance for the Sky Blues at Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.

So much so that he joined the League One side the following morning to help ease manager Steve Evans’s midfield injury crisis.

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Who could leave:

Gervane Kastaneer is back in his native Holland currently training with another club with a view to joining them for the season.

The Dutch forward doesn’t figure in Robins’s plans after failing to settle and establish himself in his first season after joining from NAC Breda last summer on a three year deal.

Question marks also remain Brandon Mason and fans’ favourite Max Biamou.

The Frenchman has slipped down the pecking order this summer and could find himself the victim of Tyler Walker’s arrival.

The 29-year-old needs to play and his future at City may well depend on whether he wants to stay and fight for his place, as he did so successfully last season, and also whether Robins has to move players on to balance the books.

Will he stay or will he go? Max Biamou appears to be at a crossroads in his Coventry City career.

Meanwhile, the writing appears to be on the wall for Mason following the return of McCallum.

At his age he needs to be playing first team football and will almost certainly be on his way out before the transfer window shuts.

Elsewhere, fans can expect to see a number of the more senior development squad players who aren’t close enough to the first team picture yet get farmed out on loan to enable them to get competitive game time.

These could include the likes of defenders Jordon Thompson and Morgan Williams.

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