125 Games In: Jordan Shipley

A player who, for much of this season, has looked on the verge of ending his time at Coventry City Jordan Shipley has managed to make himself useful, once again. With zero league minutes until the 23rd game of the season, an opportunity to fill in at left wing-back looks to have been the proverbial door that Jordan Shipley has put his foot in. A few decent performances, including a brilliant goal in the defeat against Queens Park Rangers, have highlighted that Jordan Shipley remains a player who can make an impact at Coventry City.

The great mystery surrounding Jordan Shipley is just what his best position is. Across 125 league games for the club, he has played six different positions – left-back, left wing-back, central midfield, left midfield, right midfield and attacking midfield – with the left of midfield being his most common position (43 out of 125 appearances), just ahead of central midfield (42 appearances). It is a credit to Shipley’s versatility that he is able to apply his attributes in a similar manner wherever he is played. While he can be someone who can drift in and out of games, Shipley main qualities are an ability to ghost in dangerous areas and a willingness to take chances on. As such, he is someone who can impact games even when he’s not playing at his highest level.

Out of contract this summer, the remainder of this season is vital for Jordan Shipley in extending his career at Coventry City. While recent games have served as a reminder of what he can provide the team, the fact it has taken until injuries and a bad run of form for the team for him to get his chance to play any football this season indicates that he has been low in Mark Robins’ thoughts this year. It makes it imperative for Jordan Shipley to continue to step up with key, notable contributions whenever he is on the pitch. That there is such strong competition for places at Coventry City this season that someone who has played well over 100 games for the club has to raise their game in order to get a look in highlights the growth the club has made over recent years.

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