Gus even better than…
It’s fair to say Coventry City fans have been blown away by Gustavo Hamer so far.
The summer recruit from PEC Zwolle arrived as a relatively unknown quantity for supporters, joining as the first signing of what has turned out to be a very busy transfers window for the Sky Blues who took their tally of new additions to ten at the weekend with the return of Sam McCallum to the club.
Hamer – a deep lying midfield play-maker – has been brought in to replace what most thought was the irreplaceable when Liam Walsh returned to his parent club, Bristol City.
But just two league games in and the 23-year-old Dutch-Brazilian has effortlessly taken to the Championship with outstanding back-to-back performances for Mark Robins ’s side.
And one City star believes he’s even better than the man he came in to replace.
McCallum questions answered
Although the return of Sam McCallum had been on the rumour mill for a few days, Sunday’s announcement that the 20-year-old is back at Coventry City will have come as a pleasant surprise to many fans.
His arrival on a season-long loan from Norwich City, the club that only bought him in January, begs a number of questions, not least where will he fit in, where does he stand with the Canaries and what does it mean for the future of Brandon Mason?
First and foremost, it appears to be a shrewd bit of business by Mark Robins and his recruitment staff who have clearly seized on an opportunity to add proven strength to an already impressive squad intent in punching above its weight in the Championship.
The arrival of Xavi Quintilla on loan from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal immediately meant McCallum’s opportunities at Carrow Road were going to be limited this season.
Norwich City view on McCallum’s move
Sam McCallum’s return to Coventry City has begged plenty of questions as to the thinking behind the surprise move for the 20-year-old.
After all, the young left-back/wing-back only joined Norwich City in January and now he’s come back to the Sky Blues on a season-long loan.
So what’s it all about, and what’s behind the thinking from the Canaries’ point of view?
Here Norwich City football writer for the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, David Freezer, sheds light on the situation from a Carrow Road perspective.
Ferdinand speaks out on ‘take a knee’ controversy
Les Ferdinand has spoken out after Coventry City and Queens Park Rangers players didn’t ‘take a knee’ before kick-off ahead of Friday night’s match at St Andrew’s.
The QPR legend and current director of football at Loftus Road believes the impact of taking a knee “has been diluted”.
Although many teams did not take a knee in the opening games of the new Championship season – a gesture in support of the Black Lives Matter movement – the Sky Blues clash became the first televised game where it didn’t not happen.
That resulted in the club’s being criticised in some quarters.
From ‘brilliant’ to ‘bewildered’
The return of Sam McCallum to Coventry City has left fans excited and a little confused in equal measure.
The 20-year-old left-back/left wing-back was sold to Norwich City in January and immediately loaned back for the remainder of the season.
And now, two games into the new Championship campaign, McCallum has come back on a season-long loan – a deal that has surprised supporters, given the strength that already exists in that department.
Ryan Giles, who is on loan from Premier league Wolverhampton Wanderers, has made an impressive start to the new season ahead of Brandon Mason as the pair appeared set to battle for the shirt.
But the arrival of McCallum ramps up the competition in the position and possibly puts a question mark over Mason’s future, given that he was the player who slipped down the pecking order last season.