125(ish) Games In: Dominic Hyam

It would be remiss to mention about Dominic Hyam that he was first signed for the club as squad filler in League Two and is now a regular at Championship level. Ever since breaking into the team at the end of that League Two promotion campaign, Dominic Hyam has been an important part of the Coventry City defence. While there have been other centre-backs at the club that were more physical, aggressive, quicker or technically-gifted, Dominic Hyam has remained in the team because of the calmness and composure that he provides. Hyam is one of those players who makes others around him look better.

The type of defender whose best performances are the ones that you don’t notice, because they can avoid having to make notable interventions through good positional sense, last season was the first sign that there may be a ceiling to Dominic Hyam’s abilities. While he has largely remained an assured presence in the side at Championship level, a lack of exceptional pace, physicality or technical ability has been exposed at times. Whether it’s been coming up against particularly fast or strong opponents, or having a little less time on the ball, Hyam has had to work hard on strategies to adapt to the level, but has largely stood up to the test of second-tier football adeptly.

With a year left on his contract at the club, it is potentially an important year for Dominic Hyam to continue to prove his worth to Mark Robins. As the club looks to further establish itself in the Championship, his position in the side could be under threat over the longer-term. Not many players reach over 125 appearances for the club and it is a testament to Dominic Hyam’s ability to improve that he is one of the few that have remained an integral part of the side during a period in which the Sky Blues have twice won promotion.

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