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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins discusses Transfer Window and upcoming Watford test

The transfer window closes tonight...

1 September 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins discusses Transfer Window and upcoming Watford test

The transfer window closes tonight...

1 September 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins believes this weekend's clash with Watford will be his side's toughest test of the season so far.

City entertain the Hornets at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the final fixture before the international break and the transfer window closing.

Robins said he is keen to add more numbers to his group before the window closes at 11pm, but said it has to be right for the Club.

 

Remaining hours of the transfer window…

“I think I've been clear in terms of I think we need some more numbers because I don't think we've got enough in terms of the number.

“Any players that we bring in have to have quality and those plays are always difficult to add. We’ve done ten players so far. So, whilst we need players in, we are sort of looking and trying to do things but then, it remains to be seen.

“It's sort of up in the air, but ultimately, yes, I would like to do something. I think we need to do something but again, it has to be it has to be right.

“It seems that when you're after certain players, and you target players, the good players and then the teams that they're in at the moment and operating in, they're reluctant to let them go but, everybody has a price, everybody's got value.

“Both the buying club and the selling club have to be willing buyers and sellers and then hopefully you can do it a decent trade but other than that, we know what we want to do and what we need to do. We're all clear on that. It's just how things how things move today.”

 

Assessing the squad…

“I mean we need we need the players that are injured back and they’re big players for us in the form of Jamie Allen and Callum O'Hare and Fabio Tavares is not too far behind them.

“The fact of the matter is if we lose any to suspension or injury or whatever, then that makes us a little bit light. So, it is what it is you can only do as well as you can do and work as hard as you possibly can to make it happen.

“It's really been it's been a difficult window right from the start. It's been slow or slower than we would have liked and I said before really you could do with majority plays in for pre-season and work with him but we're not we're not in an ideal world.

“I think what we've done is he's really good business at the moment. I'm still really happy with what we've done so far if that's what we do.

“Just because of what happened last season, we were very close to getting promoted last season, but that's last season. We're almost starting again, we're almost starting from scratch, and then having to rebuild and build into what we're going to be but it's exciting.”

 

The opening few weeks of the season…

“I think we could have we could have easily got to something ay Leicester City and deserved something from Leicester City.

“I think we could have beaten Swansea and possibly should have been Swansea and you look back to last weekend and again we could have turned that game around and won that game, which was what was really a tight game.

“So, we've been in all of the games so far and it is early days, it's when things all start to level out you can take a look.”

 

Ellis Simms and Haji Wright…

“I think they just need to relax. I think that's probably part of every striker’s psyche.

“You want to score goals you want to try and hit the ground running and he did that in pre-season, he scored a few goals to start with and he will score goals there's no doubt.

“Haji has come in and he feels that affinity with the supporters already and he's got a really strong start in terms of his performances and the chances are coming and he’s scored a goal already.

“The others the others will come but we've got to learn how to how to feed them have to learn how to play with them and, those are the things that will be happening over the next period.”

 

Coming up against Watford…

“I think this will probably be our toughest game.

“They’re a good side and they've got a lot of quality and they’re young there's only a few players that are over 30 years of age and they've got some exciting young talent.

“Martins off that that left-hand side he's a really good player and I could go through their squad. They've got a lot of top players Asprilla on the right-hand side, he played on the right-side last time out then they’ve got Tom Ince that can come in.

“Kayembe is playing in the pivot role and really, they play a good brand of football and try and play football that that we know that they can play, and they'll make it difficult for you.

“On the flip side, it's how good we can be when we've got the ball, they'll come, and press and they release really quickly because they've got the athleticism to do so.

“They've got they've got good players, but again, they’ll be expected to be, if not in the top two, certainly in the top six.

“They have got they've got undoubted quality in the ranks.

“We think we know what they're going to do because of what they've seen what the evidence has been so far, but people can change and generally it's about you and about what you do and how you can react to certain situations.”

 

Ryan Howley joining Dundee on loan…

“He needed to go and play. He's been with us and trained with us for three years or so and he had to go out, there's no two ways about it.

“He either had to go out or play and there's players ahead of him at the moment so I can't promise him game time here, so that was the reason behind letting him go.

“I spoke with Gordon Strachan on a couple of occasions, and they sort of outlined how keen they were to have Ryan which is great.

“They identified him as one of the top targets for them and now it's down to Ryan to go in and show what he can do and he's a good player and I think it’ll do him the world of good, whatever the experience is, he’s got to make the best of it and I'm sure he will.

“The manager up there is really keen on him, and he's seen him a number of times and he was the one really that was pushing to get it done. So, it's great for everybody really, particularly for Ryan and hopefully for Dundee.”

 


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