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FIRST WORDS: Ben Sheaf

The midfielder joins the Sky Blues from Arsenal...

4 September 2020

The Sky Blues latest summer recruit, Ben Sheaf, is looking forward to his journey started following his loan move from Arsenal.

Sheaf will link-up with City for the 2020/21 Championship season on loan from the North London side, however there is an option to make the move permanent at the end of that spell.

Speaking after the completion of that move, the midfield revealed his delight at finally getting the deal over the line.

He said: “I’m delighted, it’s been a long process, but I’m absolutely delighted to get it done and meet all the lads and the first day has been good.

“It took a little while, probably a little longer than I would have liked but now it’s done I just want to get settled, start training and hopefully get a few match minutes, because I’ve not had that in a while so I’m looking forward to it.”

Sheaf spent last season on loan at League One side Doncaster Rovers, coming up against City on two separate occasion and they definitely left an impression on the 22-year-old.

“I think Cov were the toughest opponents I faced last season for sure.

“It was a footballing game where you had to think tactically more than anything else and try and suss each other out but I enjoyed playing against them.”

Now, Ben will be on the other side, as he looks to adjust to the Sky Blues style of play ahead of the Championship campaign.

“The Manager expects me to dictate the game and link the back line with the forwards and I like to think I’m good at that and he wants me to just give everything for my team like I did last season.

“I’m really looking forward to the Championship. I was in League One last year and I’m really eager to test myself in the Championship and at that level.”

With the Sky Blues’ Championship season getting underway next week, Sheaf will begin to train with his new teammates at Ryton and prepare for an opening day clash away at Bristol City.

When asked what supporters can expect from him this year, this is what Ben had to say:

“I play a bit deeper, I like to get on the ball and link the back line to the forwards like I said and try and control the tempo of the game but then on the flip side I like to be solid defensively and get stuck in and contribute to the defensive side also.”


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