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'Must keep Callum Wilson' - Pressley

31 March 2014

The City boss has also praised his work ethic and commitment after coming back from injury...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has revealed he believes keeping Callum Wilson at the club is crucial to the long-term future of the Sky Blues.

The Coventry-born striker has had a terrific season for the Sky Blues having scored 22 goals in all competitions, including a match-winning brace against Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

He is the current top-scorer in League One with 21 goals which is a tally only bettered by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Leeds United forward Ross McCormack in English league football.

Wilson is a doubt for Tuesday's game against Bradford City but Pressley believes he is crucial to the development of the club.

Answering how he will keep hold of the City striker, Pressley answered: "With two arms and two legs if I have to!

"We have to keep hold of him. This is the difficult aspect of being in League One and this is why we have to keep moving the club forward.

"Players are ambitious by their very nature but I want the players to realise their ambitions at this club and with the players we have here.

"We've got to realise how many strides we've made this season. There are many players who have progressed brilliantly. When I first came to the club, Callum wasn't involved in the first-team.

"The one thing we don't want to do as a club is work really hard on developing young players but lose them all at the first opportunity."

Wilson suffered a dislocated shoulder against Rotherham United on New Year's Day and faced a two-month injury spell.

The City boss has said he hasn't been surprised by Wilson's return to form straight after he came back from injury.

He added: "Callum's biggest strength is understanding. He understands if he doesn't put in the work-rate, then he will not get the reward.

"He works so hard in every game and I think we've seen him improve his finishing since he came back because he didn't have many chances against Crewe but got a brace.

"He has had to adapt to the new demands the system brings and he has done it brilliantly. He displays exactly the sort of attitude we have tried to embed at the club."


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