‘Wild card’ – Coventry City boss admits new signing
Mark Robins admits his latest arrival at Coventry City is something of a ‘wild card’ signing for the club.
The Sky Blues boss has spoken about his decision to step down from Bright Enobakhare who enjoyed sparkling form under the manager on a half-season loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2019.
The 23-year-old scored six goals in 18 memorable Ligue 1 appearances before a failure with the Wigan Championship and a short-lived stint at AEK Athens on a permanent contract.
Meanwhile, Robins played with the opportunity to bring him back to City before the Nigerian left to play for East Bengal in the Indian Super League.
He has scored three goals in 12 games for the side led by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, but this week joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer.
The former frontrunner has signed an initial two-year contract at the Coventry Building Society Arena, with the option for City to extend that contract for a third term if it turns out to be a success.
The arrival of Enobakhare is seen as a bet on a player who has yet to prove himself at the championship level and who comes with a certain baggage.
Robins admits he’s a “maverick” while former teammates Tom Davies and Jack Grimmer have previously revealed stories the player refuses to attend meetings and misses training.
Speaking of the thrilling attacking midfielder with undoubted talent, Robins told the BBC CWR: “With Bright you might want to say it, probably ‘maverick’ but a wildcard.
“He has had an eventful career so far, but with Bright what I see in him is someone whose talent is just amazing.”
He added, “When he’s right and he’s in good shape – that’s the key – he has to work to get back to the level of fitness he was before.
“But speaking to Bright, he just wants to play and I really wanted to see if we could engage with him and bring him to the level where he should be playing, eventually, with us.”