Age: 23 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 2(1) *
Another dip into the overseas market as Gervane Kastaneer makes the trip across the North Sea from the Netherlands to join Coventry City. Still a relatively young player, Kastaneer has already a few clubs on his CV without really nailing down a regular starting place anywhere – despite having played for the Netherlands up to under-21 level. Just how League One football translates to the Eredivisie and German second-tier remains to be seen, but Kastaneer looks physically capable of standing up to English lower league football and appears to be a confident dribbler of the ball who could be very exciting in full flow. The overriding sense with this addition is that it is completely outside of the box from what any other League One club will have been looking at.
Having already added another overseas winger to the squad in Wesley Jobello, the club appears to either be doubling down in their faith in Chris Badlan’s recruitment or is perhaps hedging its bets on at least one of the two adapting and proving to be a success. With Kastaneer arriving with doubts as to his work-rate, this signing doesn’t, on the face of it, fit in with the kind of player that Mark Robins would enjoy working with. That said, Kastaneer wouldn’t be the first player with questionable commitment to have excelled under Robins – think David McGoldrick, Franck Moussa, Duckens Nazon, Bright Enobakhare – there is always a room in his teams for mavericks, provided their talent justifies not putting in a 100% shift. Given the length of contract that he has been handed, this signing looks to be something of a risk which could prove fairly costly if it doesn’t work out. At this stage, any optimism has to be tempered with concerns that, as a foreign player arriving in the country for the first time, he may struggle to adapt.
*As of 20/08/2019