Chaplin Becomes Sky Blue

Conor Chaplin has joined Coventry City on loan and will become a permanent Sky Blues player in January for a reported fee of £500,000 with add-ons.

To receive a fee that high for a player who wanted to leave Portsmouth and refused to travel with the squad to Doncaster last week is good business but despite what people thought of his decision on Saturday, he has served Pompey well during his time here and deserves a chance elsewhere.

He has certainly given us plenty of memories since coming through the academy and scoring his first senior goal in a 3-1 defeat at Morecambe in 2015. It's just a shame he hasn't been able to hit the heights predicted for him early in his career thanks to his technical ability.

For the Coventry fans reading this, Chaplin is a gifted striker, who, on his day, is capable of scoring goals out of nothing. Check out his outstanding goal against Wycombe and his efforts at Blackpool and Barnet for a glimpse of Conor at his best.

On form, Chaplin is also a good playmaker capable of making intelligent runs and defence splitting passes if played behind a mobile striker willing to do the running for him. But it's for this reason he needs a strike partner as he is ineffective up front on his own.

Conor may have been lethal when on form but the last couple of years has seen his stock fall considerably and he has never been a consistent goalscorer (22 goals in 104 appearances tells its own story.) His small stature means he can be marked out of games and towards the end of his Pompey tenure his first touch deserted him when he was given the chance to impress.

He was unable to adapt his game to fit into Kenny Jackett's system and the manager now has an abundance of attacking options at his disposal following the arrival of Andre Green yesterday and so Chaplin was never going to get onto the bench, let alone in the first XI. 

Still, if Mark Robins can get the best out of him then Coventry will have an excellent striker and no Pompey fan will begrudge him his success if he can rediscover that talent which made Premier League clubs take notice of him a few years ago.

All the best, Conor.