Coventry City announced the signing of winger Kyel Reid on Thursday evening and his arrival was greeted with real positivity from supporters. The former Preston North End man joins the club on a two-year deal after his contract expired at Deepdale, despite interest from other clubs. During a loan spell at Bradford City last season, Reid impressed the fans with his tenacity and they will be disappointed that they couldn’t acquire his services on a permanent basis.
Former Bantams manager Phil Parkinson is also a keen admirer of the 28-year old, and after taking the reigns at League One rivals Bolton Wanderers, it was surprising that he didn’t attempt to lure him to the Macron Stadium. Sky Blues supporters will remember the dynamic winger after his dazzling performance for Bradford at the Ricoh Arena last season. City managed to edge the game 1-0, but Reid terrorised the home defence for the duration and certainly caught the eye of Tony Mowbray.
When I discovered that Kyel was training with the club, I was delighted with the news and I was hoping we could get a deal over the line. Every time he has played against us he has looked a real handful, and the prospect of him and Jodi Jones occupying the wide berths is mouthwatering. Any player with his pace is capable of being a real asset going forward, and I can see him being a real threat this season.
With Bradford playing very directly at times and the likes of James Hanson feeding off crosses, he was very effective last season in providing the forward line with ammunition. He has already said he needs to add goals to his game, but over the course of last season, he delivered the most crosses in League One. With Marvin Sordell carrying an aerial threat, this could work in our favour kindly. However, Mowbray has already challenged him to transform into a forward that can chip in with goals across the front three.
Some Bradford fans have stated that his crossing accuracy isn’t always of the highest quality, but with our style of play, I can imagine he will be cutting in and getting shots off more frequently. What I love about him is that he never shies away from the ball. He is said to be one of the nice guys in the game and he is a real workhorse. If he isn’t having a great game himself, he will still contribute to the team and look to make things happen. I am really excited to see him in action this season. He will have inconsistencies I’m sure, but that’s why he’s at League One level. On his day, he is an exceptional footballer so he will want to prove himself.
Mowbray delighted to secure his man
The manager’s slow and steady approach to recruitment has got a section of Coventry supporters feeling very anxious. Despite admitting to missing out on some of his summer targets, Mowbray remains adamant that his side will be competitive and he was very pleased to bring a player of Kyel’s quality to the club. He told the club website:
“I’m delighted to finally get Kyel’s signing over the line and look forward to the energy he will bring to our squad.”
“Having made it to the play-off semi-final with Bradford last year, he’s another player who I would identify as having the experience needed to compete at the top of this league.”
“He is capable of scoring goals at this level and will undoubtedly add creativity to our attacking third. I’m looking forward to working with him over the course of the season.”
West Ham United: 3 appearances, 0 goals.
Barnsley (loan): 26 appearances, 2 goals.
Crystal Palace (loan): 2 appearances, 0 goals.
Blackpool (loan): 7 appearances, 0 goals.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan): 8 appearances, 1 goal.
Sheffield United: 7 appearances, 0 goals.
Charlton Athletic: 50 appearances, 5 goals.
Bradford City: 96 appearances, 10 goals.
Preston North End: 15 appearances, 0 goals.
Bradford City (loan): 34 appearances, 3 goals.
*League appearances and goals only.