Age: 22 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 2(0)*
Yet another addition in what is becoming a busy early summer of transfer activity for the Sky Blues. As a player with limited experience, and whose last first-team experience came just under three years ago, it’s probably fair to assume that Josh Pask is unlikely to be coming in to play regular football initially. The main question with this signing is whether this is one we needed to make, we currently have three strong options at centre-back in Kyle McFadzean, Dominic Hyam and Michael Rose, with three youngsters in Morgan Williams, Declan Drysdale and Jordon Thompson competing for fourth-choice, it’s hard to see how another centre-back fits into the mix. As ever with Mark Robins, there is an underlying assumption that any signings made fit into a grander plan and have been thoroughly researched, but, on the face of it, it is a slightly odd signing.
Notably, Mark Robins highlighted Josh Pask’s versatility upon the announcement of the signing. Pask is reportedly someone who can provide cover at right-back and possibly even defensive midfield, in addition to his natural centre-back position, which plugs a few of the current gaps in the squad. Furthermore, adding Pask to the squad may well provide the opportunity for one or two of our younger centre-backs to go out on loan without leaving the under-23 side short. Much like the signing of Dominic Hyam two years ago, Pask isn’t expected to play regularly initially but provides useful cover in defence. What look like settled positions and starters now will change over the course of Pask’s three-year contract. This is an opportunity for the player to settle into senior football having left a Premier League academy but he is under little pressure to be the finished product right now.
*As of 15/02/2020