Young Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen appears to be adapting quite well to Championship football at Coventry City, with the 19-year-old left back’s latest exhibition of brilliance coming in this weekend’s 1-0 away win against relegation-threatened Hull City.
The entire build-up of the game’s only goal started with Maatsen, playing as a left wing-back, and making a long pass along the ground to Viktor Gyökeres, who cut into the box but was dispossessed by an opposition defender. The deflected ball came back to Maatsen, who proceeded to hit a first-time cross from deep, which found an unmarked Matt Godden, who in turn connected with a diving header to score. (In fairness, Hull’s defensive organization and goalkeeping was pretty shambolic. Perhaps they should be starting Nathan Baxter in goal?)
This was Maatsen’s first assist of the season. He also has a goal to his name from earlier this month. Having played in all but one league game thus far, the youngster is turning out to be one of Coventry’s pivotal players, alongside our other loanee, Jake Clarke-Salter, with the Sky Blues currently sitting in the promotion playoff places in 4th position.