West Ham United manager David Moyes could be set to hand Conor Coventry a role in his first-team squad next season.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that the 58-year-old Hammers boss has been extremely impressed with the performances of the central midfielder while out on loan with Milton Keynes Dons, so much so that the Scotsman is believed willing to give the Republic of Ireland U21 international a shot in his senior squad next season.
However, the report does also go on to suggest that, should it eventually be decided that the 21-year-old will be sent out on loan once again in 2022/23, MK Dons are one of the sides at the front of the queue for the midfielder’s services.
Considering the fact that Mark Noble is retiring at the end of the season, Alex Kral has done extremely little during his loan spell to suggest that West Ham will take up their £17m option to make his temporary stay permanent and Declan Rice is being heavily linked with a move away from East London this summer, it would appear as if Moyes could well be in need of several new central midfielders ahead of the club’s 2022/23 campaign.
And, while a more established option in the middle of the park will undoubtedly be required should West Ham wish to continue their quest to break into the top four, considering just how impressive Coventry has been out on loan this season, the 58-year-old Irons boss could well save himself millions of pounds in transfer fees by unleashing the Irish youth international in his first-team next time around.
Indeed, over the six League One appearances the 21-year-old has made for MK Dons since joining the club in January, the £270k-rated youngster has made an average of 0.5 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 42.2 passes and won 4.2 duels per game.
Furthermore, the £5.4k-per-week youngster has also earned himself some glowing reviews during his time at Stadium MK, with ExWHUemployee stating his belief that the academy product was “absolutely brilliant” in the 2-1 win over Lincoln City, while The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas previously dubbed Coventry as an “exciting talent.”
Further still, MK Dons manager Liam Manning also appears extremely impressed with the midfielder, stating of the West Ham loanee: “I’ve known Conor a long time and knew exactly what I’d get from him. If it’s a footballing game, he can play, or if it’s a physical battle like at Wycombe, he can compete in that too.
“We’ve brought in someone who can add to the team and has settled quickly. In a battle, you saw what he could do, and in a footballing game, you know what he can deliver. When it’s a scrap, [he can] be physical – he can do that as well. When you look at him, he can adapt and impose himself on different types of games.”
As such, before West Ham go splashing the cash on a new central midfielder next summer, it would indeed appear an extremely wise move for Moyes to take a much closer look at the 21-year-old, as Coventry could end up saving the Hammers a fortune.