Monday, 21 August 2017

Complete Ranking of the Last 100 Coventry City Signings - 60-41

If you've made it this far down the list without tearing your own hair out then I salute you. The hard part is over (mostly), for today we pass the half way point, and start looking at players who are deemed "above average". That's not to say that there isn't still a truck load of below par footballers to come. Only from about 30 onwards can they be deemed 'good', and even that's a bit of a stretch.



60. Kevin Kilbane

Appearances: 12
Goals: 2

Coming in with close to a hundred trillion caps for Ireland to his name, Kevin Kilbane brought some much needed experience to a side riddled with youngsters. He scored a belter against Birmingham in the cup but before 2012 was finished he was forced to retire through injury. He's now a solid pundit on various BBC football programmes.

59. Callum Reilly

Appearances: 20
Goals: 0

Callum Reilly came in on loan as part of the deal which took Marvin Sordell the other way to Burton Albion. In terms of some of the other loans last season he wasn't horrendous, but had he been in the squad the season before we'd have crucified him. His passes were sloppy and he couldn't really do much, but his midfield partner was often Kevin Foley, which says it all.

58. Nathan Clarke

Appearances: 18
Goals: 0

I'll always have a soft spot for Nathan Clarke for two moments, the first being him gifting Marc McNulty the ball with a wayward "free kick" for us to go 1-0 up last week. The second was back in his spell for us in January, the players have just returned to the pitch having been taken off due to all the protests. He walks straight over to the fans and tells us to up the noise pretty much.

In terms of his actual footballing ability, the less said about that the better. He looked like exactly what we needed, a big, hard, no nonsense leader centre back. He was captain under Slade and did well for Bradford the season before, everything said he should be brilliant, but he just wasn't. Misiing headers everywhere, we ended up going down without a peep.

57. Simeon Jackson

Appearances: 30
Goals: 3

How we've even made it this far without Simeon Jackson appearing is a bit of a shock. He scored just 3 times in 30 games, that sort of goals to games ratio is dangerously close to the Kevin Kyle scale of bad. Saying that this was a free transfer and not a £600,000 signing of someone touted as the replacement for the prodigal son Gary McSheffrey.

56. Callum Ball

Appearances: 21
Goals: 3

4-0 down in the League Cup to Arsenal, Joe Murphy has just saved a penalty, the scene is set. The Derby loanee steps up and taps one in from 2 yards. Everything is pointing towards a comeback. Well actually, it wasn't. They scored twice more and we lost 6-1, the mere consolation was Callum Ball's only achievement but will never be forgotten.

55. Farrend Rawson

Appearances: 14
Goals: 0

Even though he comfortably made it into double figures of appearances last season you kind of forget that Farrend Rawson was even there. He came in under Slade, which is never a good start, from Derby County on loan. There were a couple of others that came in at the same time as him which is likely why he finds himself lost in the middle ground of players considered average.

54. Danny Swanson

Appearances: 21
Goals: 0

Danny Swanson is often referred to as "the guy who went out on loan and never came back". Coming into the squad to help keep us up and was pretty much surplus to requirements once that job was done. He didn't fit into a squad with so many attacking midfield options so went out on loan to St. Johnstone, a month later he had his contract terminated and moved to Hearts.

53. Vladimir Gadzhev

Appearances: 24
Goals: 2

Touted as the next John Fleck, Gadzhev somehow found himself below Callum Maycock in the pecking order. In over a year but he still couldn't adapt to the English game. Mark Robins took a look at him in the final two games of the season and he did looked alright, but certainly not good enough to earn a new contract.

52. Chris Dagnall

Appearances: 6
Goals: 1

An emergency loan signing who only came for a month but nearly makes it into the top half due to the fact he was involves in the 3-1 comeback away at MK Dons in front of 7k away fans. It's somewhat overshadowed by a certain someone's free kicks but he's still to come on this list. But Chris number one still deserves a mention.

51. Seb Hines

Appearances: 9
Goals: 0

If you had the opportunity to switch Coventry/Middlesbrough for Orlando then you'd probably bite the hand of whoever it was offering off. That's exactly what Seb Hines did after his loan spell here and ten years at Riverside. For someone who played 9 games he looked relatively solid and didn't do anything horrendous.

50. Grant Ward

Appearances: 11
Goals: 0

Tony Mowbray's first signing as manager played a good role in keeping us up towards the end of the 14/15 season. Due to his positioning on this list, he is the first player who is considered "better". He did OK in the midfield, but at this stage most of the players are just bang average and often forgotten about when you think of the squads.

49. Daniel Agyei

Appearances: 17
Goals: 5

Last season at Bradford away when Agyei scored 20 odd minutes into his debut we all, and I include myself in this, had high hopes for him. I think it took a whole fourteen seconds for him to be described as the "Next Armstrong". That wasn't to be however as he left the side in January with just 5 goals to his name. Still, he'll hold the record for the quickest Ricoh Arena goal for a long while with his run against Northampton in the Checkatrade last season.

48. Andy Webster

Appearances: 82
Goals: 3

Andy Webster made 82 appearances for Coventry City, 82. Considering how many people slated him that's very high. Steven Pressley always saw something in him, most likely a Scottish bond, so kept him around for a long while. However as soon as Mowbray came in he was released and replaced with his own banter centre back, who is still to come.

47. Adam Barton

Appearances: 73
Goals: 3

Speaking of banter players, no one quite describes out time in League One quite like Adam Barton. He became the face of many memes in the Sky Blues community and earned a nickname; Lord Barton. Personally I didn't mind him, but to most others he is like marmite, a large portion of which absolutely despise him. Nowadays he lines up in defence alongside Jordan Turnbull for Partick Thistle, a partnership made in hell.

46. Nathan Delfouneso

Appearances: 14
Goals: 3

Yet another loanee striker, brought in from Aston Villa on loan. He didn't really do much but his goal scoring record isn't as horrendous as others. Saying that I am counting a goal which technically was a Danny Batth own goal but is there any harm in trying to make people seem a little bit better when 90% were shocking?

45. Josh McQuoid

Appearances: 19
Goals: 5

The third and final loan signing we got out of the Callum Wilson transfer to Bournemouth, unlike Allsop and Coulibaly, he actually showed slight promise during his spell here. A 1 in 4 goals to games ratio is nothing to turn your nose up at, albeit 2 were in the cup. Nowadays he turns out for Stevenage, on loan from League Two rivals Luton.

44. Michael Petrasso

Appearances: 7
Goals: 1

Being completely honest, I couldn't remember Michael Petrasso for the absolute life of me, but upon googling and asking people I've gathered he was somewhat alright. Joining on loan as a 19 year old he showed some promise before heading back to parent club QPR, this is where he remains, still waiting for his big break in the first team.

43. Kyel Reid

Appearances: 37
Goals: 2

On his day he's Championship level, but his day arrives 1 in every 10 or so games, Reidy is such a frustrating player. Perhaps he deserves higher on the list, but when we got relegated he threw his toys out of the pram demanding he be sold, eventually he got loaned to a worse team in the same league. Still, I'll be grateful to him for his respective passes to George Thomas in the Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Final, and of course final.

42. Gary Madine

Appearances: 11
Goals: 3

It's the eighth wonder of the world how Gary Madine has ended up doing well for Championship side Bolton. Some may be more harsh than I am, but he never set the world alight during his second spell a couple of years back. In fact, his first spell in 2009 wasn't that good either, but the 14/15 season is the only one we're looking at.

41. Sanmi Odelusi

Appearances: 14
Goals: 3

You've kind of got to be a good signing if you get the same chant as John Aloisi, and considering he was reduced to mainly substitute appearances, Sanmi Odelusi wasn't too bad. The goal I'll always remember of his will be the equaliser against Port Vale towards the end of the 14/15 season, we lost 3-2 but that's not the intended point...

Apologies this took a while to come out, hopefully the remaining 2 pieces of this series will be out before the Yeovil match report on Saturday evening. From here on out we actually begin to see some good signings, so it will get more enjoyable from a writing perspective as well as a reading one. Well, hopefully that is!






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