Sunday, 6 July 2014

Coulibaly and Allsop can help Coventry win promotion

The deal involving the arrival of Callum Wilson coming to AFCB was not so much a shock for the striker having a clear choice between the Cherries and Norwich City, but more for the fact that Bournemouth's bid would include the addition of two players going the other way. While Coventry may well have directed Callum towards their preference of which club he might choose, there can only be pats on the back for the Bournemouth transfer team that put together such a deal that sees Ryan Allsop and Mohammed Coulibaly hopefully get some important match experience in League One at the Sky Blues that could even help Coventry to promotion.
Ryan Allsop at Dean Court.
Last season Coventry were docked 10 points last season and finished 18th in League One with 51 points, but they showed great fighting spirit to shake off their points deduction and to climb the league while playing their home games at Northampton Town, 34 miles away from the Ricoh Arena. Most of their players have been signed on free transfers, or are loan players or trainees such is the financial circumstances of the club. The addition of two players that have been involved in AFCB's Championship set up should be some help for them even if they have lost their leading goal scorer of last season.
A long run in a team will do Coulibaly the world of good.
Ryan Allsop proved himself to be top class between the sticks when playing for Leyton Orient and AFCB in league One and he will be able to rebuild his confidence with this new challenge and a new crowd behind him. For Coulibaly it is all about getting match time as he has hardly touched the grass since his move to AFCB from Grasshoppers Zurich last year. He could be a big hit with the Midland's club who will be delighted to see his energy and pace on the wing.

When January comes around it will be good for AFCB if Allsop and Coulibaly have done exceptionally well and Coventry City do not want to hand them back. That will mean that they will have contributed positively to Steven Pressley's squad. Coulibaly only has a year on his AFCB contract so it is a very important move for him as he is in the shop window if AFCB do not offer him a new contract, while Allsop is signed up until the summer of 2016.

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  1. Hi Peter Enjoyed reading your article. As a Coventry fan I'm gutted Calum has left and to get him for less than £3m is the bargain of the summer. He is good enough to play in the prem imo, I've been watching City since 1984 and he is the quickest player I have ever seen in a Sky Blue shirt. Your biggest problem will be keeping hold of him as I think he is worth nearer £10m than the fee you paid for him. Good luck for next season and I hope the two players we have on loan can help us have a good season also. Dan

  2. I, too, am a CCFC fan and would go one step further and say he is better than Sturridge. I have also watched Cov for a long time and go to see the academy where Sturridge played, yes Sturridge started at Cov and moved when he was 16. Callum imo shows the same strengths as Sturridge but has nore ability. I hear your laughter but you will see what I mean when he pulls on a Cherries shirt. Good luck for this season.

  3. Thanks for reading Cherry Chimes. If Wilson is as good as Coventry fans are saying he will be a real joy to watch this season. I think Coventry fans will also be surprised at how good Coulibaly is. I hope Coventry do well and spend their money on good players

  4. As a Cov fan I think the praise being put on Wilson is a bit over the top. I think £3m is probably about right given he's only had one real pro season at L1 - he had a phenomenal season last year but he was never prolific in the academy. He is very quick (though not the quickest I've ever seen - Huckerby and John Williams were IMO faster) and will get plenty of chances playing off the shoulder of the last man, and I think where he has improved is his composure in finishing chances. I think there is every chance he will continue that improvement and push on to bigger things.

    One thing I think you will like about the lad is his attitude - he seems down to earth and gives his all, and won't just give up if things don't go his way. I hope he does well for you.

    I also hope Allsop and Soulibaly do well for us, as we're going to need all the help we can get. We relied heavily on outscoring teams last year and shipped loads of goals. When we tried to be more solid at the back we were awful and lost loads towards the end of the season. Even though we don't have a points deduction this year we relied heavily on Clarke, Wilson and Moussa last year and they've all gone. We have no strikers at the moment.