It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the start of your Coventry City career or whether you’re an established star, there’s usually a point to prove to someone.

The Sky Blues have built a strong squad with players all fighting it out for one or two spots in the team, and that results in competition, improved performances and that desire to prove a point.

For footballers that message about their ability or importance might need to be proved to the manager or the fans.

Mark Robins needs fit, hungry and capable players and he will have plenty from which to choose in the months ahead as they all battle for places in each starting XI.


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Here are nine City players who just might have a point to prove this season:

Max Biamou:

The fans’ favourite has slipped down the striking order this summer and faces a seemingly tough task to get back in the manager’s eye.

If he is still at the club beyond Friday’s domestic transfer deadline, the Frenchman will, no doubt, beaver away in the Under-23s and try to fight for another opportunity in the first team.

Gervane Kastaneer:

The Dutch winger appears to be surplus to current requirements at City but, again, if he remains at the club beyond 5pm tomorrow (Fri, Oct 16) then his only option is to knuckle down and prove his fitness and form in training and in development squad matches.

Brandon Mason:

The impressive left-back is due to go out on loan to Scottish Premier club St Mirren once he’s recovered from a medial knee ligament injury.

He’s agreed to go on a season-long loan with a January recall option after slipping down the pecking order due to the arrival of Sam McCallum back on loan to rival current first choice Ryan Giles.

But just because he’s away from the club doesn’t mean he can’t impress from afar and push his way back into the manager’s longer term plans, and Mason will feel he has plenty to prove.



The talented Ben Wilson in a rare appearance for the Sky Blues

Ben Wilson:

City’s understudy keeper has been at the club for just over 12 months and been limited to just seven appearances in that time, largely due to the form and fitness of No.1 Marko Marosi.

The 28-year-old, however, is not getting any younger and will be desperate to push for more first team game time.

He’ll clearly need to be patient but will have to stay right on top of his game in training to ensure he’s ready if and when called upon.

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Wesley Jobello:

The French winger’s City career was stopped in its tracks just 11 games in this time last year when he suffered a second ACL rupture of his career in training.

Back on the grass and playing for the Under-23s again, Jobello has to prove not only his fitness but that he can reach the levels required to cut it in the Championship.

Don’t forget the leggy 26-year-old forward signed for the club when they were in League One, and he will need to prove that he can take the significant step up.



SkyBet League One fixture Coventry City FC v Doncaster Rovers FC played at St Andrew’s Stadium

Josh Pask:

The versatile defender is another who joined the club last year but has been limited in appearances, making just one league start and two from the bench, while making three other showings in the competitions.

The former West Ham United trainee is a centre-back by trade but has filled in at right wing-back.

But unless there are injuries, it’s hard to see the 22-year-old establishing himself in the short term with the likes of Michael Rose and Leo Ostigard ahead of him for a place on the right of the back three, while Fankaty Dabo is one of the first names on the teamsheet in the wing-back slot.

Amadou Bakayoko:

Although he’s been a regular on the bench, the powerful centre-forward has only featured in two games so far this season, both in the EFL Cup.

He appears very much in the manager’s plans but is clearly behind first choice Matty Godden and summer signing Tyler Walker in the striking  order.

Untested in the Championship, the 24-year-old will need to push himself in training in a bid to get his chance and, once he gets an opportunity, he will have to deliver.

Marcel Hilssner:

The 25-year-old German winger joined the Sky Blues in the summer to provide bags of pace and technical ability in the final third,

His move from SC Paderborn, however, has not gone to plan with the player suffering a major setback with an asthma problem.

That appears to have stabilised and the exciting forward now faces the task of playing catch-up to get his fitness and form back up to speed in order to catch the manager’s eye and earn a place on a very strong bench.



Julien Dacosta in training.
Julien Dacosta in training.

Julien Da Costa:

Another summer signing who is yet to make his debut, Da Costa suffered an ankle ligament injury in pre-season training that has rendered him out until November.

The 24-year-old right wing-back has been brought in to rival Dabo and clearly needs time to work on his fitness before showing what he can do in training and in the Under-23s.

His first task will be to fight for a place in the matchday squad to show that he’s ready when called upon to make an impact from the bench.





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