Q&A Special - Coventry City Fan on Sanmi Odelusi

  • June 11, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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After an injury-hit campaign came to a close, a Coventry City supporter tells us about Sanmi Odelusi's time on loan at the Ricoh Arena.

Odelusi spent the second half of this season on loan with the Sky Blues, for whom he scored three goals in 14 appearances, but struggled to establish himself with the League One strugglers with just four of those outings being from the start of games.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Coventry supporter Matt Partridge (@partridge1971) shares his views on Odelusi's ability in the third tier, whether he would be able to make the grade at Championship level, as well as what he needs to add to his game in order to make a success of his career.

Q: Sanmi Odelusi made 14 appearances for Coventry this season, albeit with only four of those being from the start. He scored on his debut and netted a total of three goals in his first five outings for the club, before finding himself restricted to a substitutes' role. How would you sum up his time at the Ricoh Arena?

A: He started well and looked decent, quick and direct. He had an injury and then was used predominately as an impact substitute.

To be honest, I was expecting bigger things from him as he was from a team in the division above and he didn't really live up to his early promise.

Q: Early opinion on Odelusi was that Bolton may have uncovered a tricky wide player with an excellent eye for goal. His last appearance for the Trotters was in January 2014 - would you agree or disagree with that now-outdated description, and why?

A: I think he just lost his way at City, with his injuries and the change of manager.

To me, he didn't look fit enough. He didn't take many on - it was more of kick and rush past the guy.

I think it's now an outdated description because of that.

Q: Odelusi was tipped for big things just 12 months ago, but a change in management and mixed form during two separate loan spells has left his Wanderers future in doubt. With one year remaining on his contract, do you see him making the grade at Championship level and, if he was made available, would you like to see him return to the Sky Blues?

A: I'd say that he'd struggle at that level at the moment. He needs to get himself fit and have a good run in a side.

I think he probably lacked a bit of confidence towards the end of his loan spell, which isn't good for a winger.

I like to think that Tony Mowbray has his eyes on somebody a bit more consistent, but I wish him well.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Matt for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @partridge1971.

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