Age: 18 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018 (On Loan From Chelsea)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 7(0) *
Dujon Sterling arrives at Coventry City with the kind of pedigree that some of our best loan signings in recent years – Adam Armstrong, Jacob Murphy, Ryan Kent – had. Reportedly one of Chelsea and England’s star young players, Sterling appears to be the kind of exciting talent who could take League One by storm. As ever with young players making their first loan move, the excitement that comes with YouTube videos and reports based on youth-team performances has to be tempered with the lack of knowledge as to their mental readiness and attitude towards playing senior football at a level they may already believe they are too good for.
Of course, the first thing it looks like he’ll have to do is compete with an established first-choice player in Jack Grimmer for his preferred right-back role – although Sterling appears like he could well be equally comfortable playing a more advanced position. In terms of the squad balance, Sterling not only provides Jack Grimmer with the competition that he probably needs to further improve his game but also a pacey, skillful attacker to add to our existing options in wide areas. Sterling’s pedigree would suggest that he is the kind of loan signing who will genuinely improve the team, but he will have to earn his place in the side, which means that we are not relying on an 18 year-old adapting immediately to men’s football.
*As of 22/09/2018