After witnessing his side fail to score in each of their opening three fixtures in SkyBet League One, Tony Mowbray has acted swiftly to add Daniel Agyei to his forward line. The 19-year old joins the Sky Blues on loan until January 2017 initially, but it is likely that his deal will be extended at the end of that five-month period. With power and speed in abundance, supporters will be hoping that he can replicate the success of Adam Armstrong who scored 20 goals last season.
Despite not yet making his senior debut, the forward has an impressive goal scoring record at youth level and he will be determined to prove his worth in the first team. Making his first footsteps towards a footballing career with AFC Wimbledon, Agyei found the net on 35 occasions during 2014/15 for the Under-18’s and Under-21’s respectively, earning plenty of plaudits in the process. He was then set to be involved within the first team picture, but he was snapped up by Burnley.
Since moving to Turf Moor, the striker has impressed manager Sean Dyche who insists he is “ready” for the rigours of league football. During the Clarets’ pre-season preparations, Agyei was involved in the 4-1 victory over Bradford City and he also played the full duration as Bolton Wanderers were defeated at the Macron Stadium. Whilst his signing does have an element of risk, he looks to be a solid addition to the Coventry squad and his two recent goals for Burnley’s development side will mean he’s in confident mood.
Mowbray looks forward to working with the front man
After the signing was announced, manager Tony Mowbray shared his delight on the club website:
“I’m pleased to have added Daniel to the squad; he is a young player with huge potential and we are confident he can make a positive contribution to our team.
“This club has a good record of getting the best out of young Premier League talent and Daniel will certainly add some power and pace to our attack.
“He has been involved with the team’s training today, ahead of the Bradford fixture at the weekend, and I’m looking forward to working with him during his spell at the club.”
We all know that if a striker was signed before the Bradford clash, it was likely to be a loan deal. Similarly to Armstrong last season, Agyei is relatively unknown and it is genuinely a mystery as to whether he will adapt to the men’s game. The Burnley fans I have spoken to have all shared their thoughts and it would appear we have a very bright prospect on our hands. He has the raw characteristics to succeed at this level, so if Mowbray can get the best out of him and he fits the system, we will hopefully see him reaping the rewards.
Our striking options, particularly in that central role, were a bit slim before his arrival. The burden has now been taken off of Marvin Sordell’s shoulders somewhat, but they could both notch a fair few goals between them. With Jodi Jones and Kyel Reid the spearheads in the wide positions in the front three, whoever features in that central role will see chances fall their way. As Sordell is still awaiting results on a scan, I imagine Agyei will start at Valley Parade and he will see it as his chance to make his mark immediately.
Another element we were severely lacking happened to be height in the final third, and at over 6ft tall, he should give us an out ball up there. This should hopefully release some pressure on our defensive unit as he can hold up the ball and bring others into play also, whereas without that physical ingredient, opposition defences mop up and turnover possession. It’s just a case of waiting to see how he beds in now, but fingers crossed he can get on the scoresheet at the weekend.