At Club Since: N/A (Academy Graduate)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 178(4) *
For much of his time at the club, the hype around Jordan Willis has been around his perceived potential rather than his performances on the pitch. As someone who made his debut at a young age – while we were still in the Championship – the ‘p’ word is perhaps inevitable. From switching between centre-back and right-back to a serious of injury issues, Jordan Willis had to be patient in waiting for his chance to build momentum in senior football. The past two seasons have been the longest period in Willis’ career where he’s been a regular starter in his preferred position of centre-back and we’ve discovered just what he is and isn’t about.
What Willis is about is gutsy, determined defending allied with the use of his prodigious pace to cover the defensive line. What Willis isn’t about is bringing the ball out of defence, which makes his pairing with the more technically-adroit Dominic Hyam so effective, or completely dominating big centre-forwards – although he can mark big strikers reasonably well at times. Nonetheless, that the sense of potential from his earlier career still lingers around Jordan Willis, with many Coventry City fans convinced that he is capable of playing regularly in the Championship. While he could perhaps step-up, after 175 league appearances for us, it’s difficult to argue that this isn’t him now fulfilling his potential, which is as a reliable, sometimes excellent, League One centre-back.
* As of 04/05/2019