Position: Central Midfielder/Wide Midfielder
Age: 20 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 31(4) *
Aside from that free-kick against Luton back in October, it’s almost been remarkable just how quietly and seamlessly Jordan Shipley has transitioned from a youth-team player that few Coventry City fans knew much about to being a regular in the starting XI. It said a lot about the trust Mark Robins had in Shipley that he was the first-choice set-piece taker right from his very first substitute appearances this season. While it’s his dead ball delivery that stands out, Shipley has become a very useful player for us in his all-round game.
It has to be said though that the way Jordan Shipley strikes a ball is a joy to watch at times. The way he languidly steps over set-pieces to achieve the whip and accuracy that he does is stunning and has probably been under-exploited in terms of leading directly to goals for us this season. While not a natural wide player, Shipley’s work-rate and desire to perform a role for the team has seen him usurp other, more natural, wide players for his regular starting berth. The only criticism of him is that with an extra level of aggressiveness and arrogance in his play, he would have a lot more than the two league goals and three assists he has to his name this season. Although it’s easy to forget at times that he’s a young player playing his first full season at senior level.
*As of 05/05/2018