West Ham manager David Moyes should unleash academy midfielder Conor Coventry as part of his first-team squad this season.
There are less than four weeks until the start of the new campaign and the Irons are yet to complete any business in the transfer market, so the 58-year-old is playing a very risky game.
The East Londoners lack enough depth across the pitch to truly challenge across both the Premier League, Europa League and the other domestic cups. In reality, they could be facing a 50-plus match season with a serious lack of rotation options.
One position that is particularly worrying is the engine room, where an injury to either Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice means it’ll be the retiring Mark Noble next up. And after that, there’s no one.
Moyes may need to look to his academy set-up to find a potential solution, at least for the immediate future, and he should bank on Coventry after his impressive displays throughout pre-season thus far.
The 21-year-old particularly excelled against Reading, even resulting in him finding the net. The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas waxed lyrical about the young midfielder during the game as he tweeted: “Been impressed with Coventry. Composed on the ball and comfortable receiving a pass in tight spaces. Hopefully he will get a chance this season. Only 21.”
Indeed, he has also caught the eye of much of the Hammers faithful, with one supporter even claiming that he is similar to Michael Carrick, who also came through West Ham’s academy system.
In the past, the Irons have been reluctant to keep hold of their very best youngsters. A notable example being Josh Cullen but. according to Thomas, he may have been allowed to leave to open a clear path for Coventry.
Speaking on the ‘U Irons’ podcast in October, the reporter dubbed him an “exciting talent” and claimed: “Obviously, when I was at the Southend v West Ham Under-23 game, David Moyes was there – and obviously Conor Coventry scored in that match, so he’s definitely someone Moyes is aware of and I think this is one of the reasons why they allowed Josh Cullen to leave.
“They’re looking at it like, ‘hey, we’ve got someone like Josh Cullen, younger, perhaps much better in terms of career prospects. So, we’re putting all our focus on him right now.'”
If that’s the case, then it would make the world of sense to have him involved next season. He should get plenty of opportunities across the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
As a result, Moyes would be saving GSB millions in the transfer market.
Coventry, who has been dubbed the “next big thing” and an “old head on young shoulders”, could learn a lot under the tutelage of Noble, in preparation for his retirement next summer.
By unleashing the 21-year-old gem this season, Moyes can spend his transfer kitty in other areas whilst still finding a solution in midfield.
The youngster will surely add to his three senior appearances for West Ham this season. It certainly makes the world of sense.