A new left wing-back was pretty much the final gap in the squad that needed to be filled, the addition of Tayo Adaramola means that there now depth across every area of the pitch for Coventry City. An 18 year old with just two games of senior experience under his belt, it would be hard to be too confident at this stage at just what level of performance should be expected of Tayo Adaramola at this stage in his career. As well-regarded as Adaramola may be at Crystal Palace, playing regular senior football in the Championship will be a challenge of a much higher order than he has faced in his career thus far.
It is Tayo Adaramola’s pace and skill as an attacking player from wing-back that is why he has been signed by Coventry City. It was a key feature of the team’s play last season just how well Ian Maatsen stretched the play on the left side with those exact qualities. With players in the team such as Michael Rose, Callum Doyle, Gustavo Hamer and Ben Sheaf that can open the play up from deep, if Tayo Adaramola can bomb forward reliably, he is going to see a lot of the ball in attacking areas of the pitch. The defensive side of Adaramola’s game is, by most accounts, still in need of improving, but that is less of an issue as a left wing-back than it would be if he was playing as part of a back four.
With Jake Bidwell a senior, experienced option at left wing-back, the club can probably afford to take the punt on Tayo Adaramola, knowing that there is cover if the youngster struggles in his first real taste of senior football. Nonetheless, it would be a huge boost to how this team wants to play if Adaramola proves to be of the standard to be the team’s regular, first-choice left wing-back. It is a concern that the club has had to take a gamble on such an untested youngster in order to fill a key position in the squad, but the loan signing of Tayo Adaramola looks to be something of an educated gamble and one that may not have particularly dire consequences if it doesn’t pay off.