Jake Clarke-Salter has joined Championship side Coventry City on a season-long loan today. The 23-year-old centre back, who had a disappointing spell at Birmingham City last season, partly due to injuries, will be hoping for better luck at the Sky Blues.
Clarke-Salter is Coventry’s second incoming loanee from Chelsea this summer, following left back Ian Maatsen. They will be working with former Chelsea academy coach Adi Viveash, who’s currently serving as Mark Robins’ assistant manager, while former Chelsea academy graduate, Fankaty Dabo is also a part of the roster.
A former England U21 captain and U20 World Cup winner, the left-footed Clarke-Salter has had loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem, Bristol Rovers, and Sunderland in addition to the two seasons at Birmingham City. He is known for his calmness and composure on the ball, and already has 40 appearances at this level under his belt. Coventry play with a three-man backline, which should suit his game.
Coventry head coach Mark Robins appeared to be quite pleased with the acquisition of JCS.
“I’m really pleased to get him in the building we’ve had to be patient but now he’s finally here.”
“He’s a player that we have been tracking all summer, so we thank Chelsea and his agents, because they have stood firm and turned offers down from other clubs because they think here is a good place for him.”
“He is well-known by Adi, Fankaty Dabo and Ian Maatsen and the majority of our players will know of him from coming up against Birmingham City the last two seasons.”
“He’s not just any left-footer, he has brilliant qualities as you would expect after being at Chelsea at such a young age. He’s technically very good and he’s desperate to do well. He will be a leader in the dressing room there’s no doubt about it and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
-Mark Robins; source: Coventry City
All the best, Jake!