After announcing the loan of Reece James to Wigan earlier today, Chelsea also confirmed today the departure of 18-year-old Dujon Sterling to Coventry City on a season-long loan. In contrast to James and the usual process, Sterling did not sign a new contract in combination with the move. (Sterling did sign a long-term deal in November, set to expire in 2022.)
Best of luck to Dujon Sterling, who will spend next season on loan at Coventry City... https://t.co/CEOcGmh1GA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 27, 2018
Despite being in Chelsea’s extended squad last season, a loan move makes sense for the young right-back as game time would presumably remain a distant possibility for the upcoming season — even if Maurizio Sarri comes in, and someone like Davide Zappacosta leaves. Coventry were promoted to League One last season and that level should be perfect for Sterling to start enhancing his reputation and furthering his career.
Great news is also that Sterling will be once again playing under former Chelsea academy gaffer Adi Viveash, who is currently working as assistant coach for the West Midlands club and will certainly not harm the youngster’s chances at making the right-back position his own.
The Chelsea defender will have to try and displace Coventry’s current starting right-back Jack Grimmer who started 42 of 46 games last season but, talent-wise, this shouldn’t be impossible. Sterling has proven time and time again how good he is (even if ‘only’ at youth level), winning numerous trophies and also the European Under-19 Championship in 2017, a competition in which he was named in the team of the tournament even.
Good luck, Dujon!