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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins discusses transfer window, West Brom and injury update

2 February 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins discusses transfer window, West Brom and injury update

2 February 2023

Mark Robins looked back at the closure of the January Transfer Window, during his preview of tomorrow night’s trip to The Hawthorns.

City were able to add to their ranks during January, whilst there were also some departures on loan away from the Sky Blues.

The Manager was happy to see the window close, due to what he described as an ‘unsettling period’.

He also gave his thoughts into coming up against West Brom, as well as an update on the fitness in his ranks ahead of that trip…

 

On the now-closed transfer window…

“It’s an unsettling period for everyone, and I’m glad it’s closed.

“We set our stall out from the start that we weren’t going to let anyone go and true to our word, our owner’s word, that’s what happened.

“That is now a closed chapter, thankfully. I have no idea if it is unsettling for the players. The press love it because it’s something to talk about. Most of it is invented, and I can’t believe what I’m reading.

“It’s boring and it’s something that can be unsettling, with agents. The players can be influenced by people. They’re young men at the end of the day and some of them cope with it, others not so much. Thankfully it’s closed and we can get on with things.”

 

On the incoming transfer deals…

“We’ve added those players, hungry players. Three are young and one is experience and with Sean, he has all the tools, he just needs to get to the level fitness. There is so much quality in there.

“You know what the young players are going to be, and you try to aid them and they will play a significant part between now and the end of the season.

“I’m happy with what we’ve done, and we kept everyone intact and we look forward to the rest of the campaign.

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Friday night’s trip to West Bromwich…

“I’m looking forward to it, we’re back to the football. We only played them on the 21st of December in a re-arranged game.

“They’ve got quality already and now they’ve added players like Marc Albrighton and Nathaniel Chalobah, so they have more quality in their ranks.

“They’re a good side, aggressive and they’re front-footed with a solid defensive structure, just like all of Carlos’ sides.

“They break really well with pace, so we know we have a difficult game coming up, but it’s one we’re really looking forward to, there’s no doubt about that.”

 

Coming into the game off the back of victory against Huddersfield…

“What gives us confidence is what we do. Last time out, the first half wasn’t special but the second half was much better and we got our just rewards.

“We came out on top and rightly so. It wasn’t an easy game and there aren’t many of them, this next game will be a difficult one because they have a good manager who organises a team full of quality.

“It’s a great place to go and play football, under the lights on a Friday night. I hope everyone gets there safely and on time and it’s a spectacle everyone can enjoys and we come out with a positive performance..”

 

Kasey Palmer’s recent form…

“He’s always had that quality in his locker, and he is doing it more and more, and getting confidence from that and we know what he’s capable of.

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“There’s still more to come and that’s exciting. His finishing is outstanding and he’s not alone, there are so many becoming accomplished in their finishing and they just need to transfer that into their decision making in games.

“He scored an overhead kick in training they he will definitely be getting fined for, because he was limping afterwards. But it was a great spectacle.”

 

Latest injury news…

“I think they (Tyler Walker and Kyle McFadzean) could be involved on Friday night, potentially.

“You know what Fadz is like, he’s worked really hard and he’s back three weeks early, so that’s a positive in itself. He looks as strong as ever and looks like he hasn’t been away. He was a little rusty on the ball for the first few blocks of sessions, but now he is looking really good.

“Dabo, meanwhile, has a tear to his abductor and will be out for two weeks. It’s an injury that will keep him out of the team and training but it’s not as bad as it could have been.

“The squad is still not at the strongest it can be. We have a lot of players who have only recently comeback and Callum is still out, who is a massive loss.

“We’ve also had the mainstay of the defence over the last four years missing, and we’ve been without one of our most talismanic strikers too, in Matty Godden. We also lost Fabio Tavares, and Josh Eccles for a period of time, so we need to get some of them back up to speed.”

 

 


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