Robins faces big de­ci­sion on who will lead at­tack for Sky Blues

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - By ANDY TURNER

MARK Robins has a tough choice to make this week­end, whether to stick with Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris or give Amadou Bakayoko a rare League One start against Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

The 22-year-old stepped off the bench to score a spec­tac­u­lar match­win­ning brace at Charl­ton Ath­letic last week, hav­ing re­placed ClarkeHar­ris just be­fore the hour mark.

He was then handed an­other op­por­tu­nity to im­press against For­est Green Rovers in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy on Tues­day night, when he played the full 90 min­utes.

And al­though he put in a lively per­for­mance, he passed up the op­por­tu­nity to get on the score­sheet with the one clear cut chance he got to add to his tally of three goals to date.

Sky Blues boss Robins recog­nised that he looked a dif­fer­ent player to that which fans had seen prior to last week­end’s hero­ics, but knows he still has plenty of work to do to make him close to the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

“That’s what con­fi­dence can do,” he said, re­flect­ing on Bakayoko’s mid­week dis­play, “but we’re still try­ing to get more from him and that’s the frus­tra­tion at the minute. But it’s go­ing to take a bit of time.

“I said to him in the dress­ing room, how­ever much time de­pends en­tirely on him.

“Does he un­der­stand what we’re talk­ing about when we’re talk­ing about chas­ing down and stretch­ing the de­fence? And then mak­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for your­self and mak­ing the right de­ci­sions – do I shoot or do I pass it? How do I go and stretch the op­po­nent, where do I stand when the ball is be­ing played for­ward – all those things he has got to try to work out and then he can be what­ever he wants to be be­cause he has got all the at­tributes there.

“It’s just a case of putting them all to­gether and get­ting them to come out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.” Like many of Robins’ young play­ers, con­sis­tency has been hard to come by for the £300,000 sum­mer sign­ing from Wal­sall who has been limited to just two starts and six sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances in the league.

Robins and his as­sis­tant Adi Viveash, who does a lot of the coach­ing at Ry­ton, have been work­ing hard with the striker to help him im­prove, and are go­ing to be re­lent­less in their ef­forts.

“We’re try­ing to get the pro­cesses into him so he un­der­stands why he scored on Satur­day, what he did to score on Satur­day,” said Robins.

“And all those things are go­ing to take time to get into him.

“But we’re go­ing to keep throw­ing it at him un­til it sticks and then he’ll be a hand­ful for any de­fender.”

Jodi Jones should be back in con­tention af­ter miss­ing the last two games through ill­ness but City will be with­out Jor­dan Ship­ley who is on in­ter­na­tional duty with Ire­land’s Un­der-21 squad.

The 20-year-old has been called up for the first time to face Is­rael and Ger­many in the Euro qual­i­fiers. We’re go­ing to keep throw­ing it at him un­til it sticks and then he’ll be a

hand­ful for any de­fender.

Amadou Bakayoko cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his first goal against Charl­tonWy­combe have started the sea­son well, in my opin­ion. They sit in 17th but I think their per­for­mances are bet­ter than that.The two main sign­ings have been Ja­son Mc­Carthy and Bryn Mor­ris. Mc­Carthy won fans’ player of the year when he was on loan in the 2015/16 sea­son from Southamp­ton and has been su­perb ei­ther at right­back or cen­tre-half this sea­son. Mor­ris has been bril­liant since join­ing on loan from Shrewsbury. He has got a cou­ple of goals, in­clud­ing a su­perb one at Pom­pey and is a real driv­ing force for the side.

Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris

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