On Friday, Ruben Lameiras signed for Coventry City Football Club after a successful trial period. After impressing Tony Mowbray in both training and friendly matches so far, the attacking midfielder put pen to paper on a 2 year contract – what can we expect?
After progressing through the Spurs youth academy he was handed a professional contract with the London side in July 2014. Despite not making an appearance with the first team, the Portuguese attacker played 8 times for the U21’s in the 2014/15 season scoring a solitary goal. Following this he was loaned out to Swedish side Atvidabergs where he featured 14 times before returning to Tottenham where his contract expired.
When the 20 year old arrived on trial, I and many other supporters didn’t have a clue who he was. Coming in relatively unknown allowed us to judge him with no past experiences affecting our thoughts, and he’s certainly excited us. In what was a very drab game at Nuneaton he was arguably our best player on the pitch, and with our lack of attacking options he certainly added quality in that area.
Following on from that game he appeared for 45 minutes on Tuesday night away at Portsmouth, a game which ended in a 2-1 reverse. With the Sky Blues trailing by two goals at the interval, Mowbray brought the youngster on and he shone in the second period. Craft, guile and flair are three attributes that the former Tottenham player possesses and he has the potential to be a gem in League One.
After watching him in both friendlies I thought he looked like a potentially dangerous player, but we’ll soon see. If I had to sum this transfer up in one word…gamble. As with every player on trial it’s a question of attitude and whether he maintains his effort now that he has signed a contract. Sometimes players bust a gut during the trial period then slack off once they’ve started earning a few grand a week, but I think this lad is genuine.
With him failing to make a mark at Spurs, the lad can only be relishing this opportunity to prove himself in England with the Sky Blues. Inconsistency is of course going to creep in to his game at some point as it does with every young player but I honestly believe he could be a real good find. He will also provide competition for James Maddison too and add pace to the side which can only be a positive thing – I’m excited to see him develop.