Abu Ogogo

Position: Central Midfielder

Age: 29 *

At Club Since: Summer 2018

Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 10(0) *

It’s fair to say it’s been an ignominious start to life at Coventry City for Abu Ogogo, much better was expected. This was a player who had been a vital cog snapping at the base of midfield for a Shrewsbury Town last season that finished third in League One and made it to the play-off final, the Abu Ogogo of Coventry City has been a bumbling presence, constantly off-the-pace whose only contributions have been negative, costly errors. For someone signed on a three-year deal in the summer and likely at a considerable expense in terms of wages given his reputation upon arrival, Ogogo is currently on course for proving to be one of our biggest transfer mishaps in recent years.

The case for the defence of Ogogo thus far is that he simply hasn’t been given a run in the side to settle down and stamp his mark on games. He was given a run in the opening few games of the season but was quickly dispensed so that Michael Doyle and Tom Bayliss could be partnered in the centre of the park, since then it’s been a game here, a late substitute appearance there. We’ve yet to really see what role he can play in the side, whether that’s a sitting presence in midfield to provide a platform for more attacking players or as an energetic snapper closing down opponents and winning the ball back. That being said, someone of his supposed calibre really should have done more at this stage to command a starting spot. Right now, he doesn’t look to be an improvement on Liam Kelly and Michael Doyle – his most direct competition in the side – and he would hardly be a miss were we to find a way to offload him.

*As of 23/12/2018

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