Position: Central Midfielder/Wide Midfielder
Age: 22 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 94(11)*
A regular on the left wing during our promotion-winning campaign, the past year or so has seen Jordan Shipley take a step back before taking two forward in eventually establishing himself back in the side in a more natural central midfield position. The key beneficiary of the sale of Tom Bayliss, Shipley is gradually building the fluency required to impose himself on games over 90 minutes, whereas he has often been a central midfielder who could score a goal or get an assist but not have much influence on a game otherwise. It feels like there is more to come from Jordan Shipley, but having got to a stage in his Coventry City career that few academy graduates get to is a testament to his ability to find his role in what has been a variety of systems and types of teams in his two and a quarter seasons as a first-team player.
Playing in a midfield three, Shipley has an important function in this team in providing a link with the left side of the attack, making sure he gets into dangerous positions himself but also ensuring that he offers the defensive cover to prevent the team being overloaded in the middle of the pitch. The link on the left-side of the pitch between Brandon Mason, Jordan Shipley and Jordy Hiwula looks a key axis of this side, with greater composure from Jordy Hiwula, Shipley’s assist numbers this season would look very good. There is still an issue of his influence on games tending to wane over the course of 90 minutes or against physical opposition, which may well be down to him still finding his feet as a central midfield player in a three having played several different roles as both a starter and substitute. Just how good Shipley can be is unclear at this stage, but he looks a player with room for improvement who is benefitting from a settled role in the side.
*As of 08/03/2020