Robins lines up se­cond loan sign­ing

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT - By ANDY TURNER

MARK Robins has re­vealed he has agreed terms with an­other club to bring in a se­cond player on loan this month.

The Sky Blues boss has al­ready drafted in ex­cit­ing for­ward Bright Enobakhare from Wolves but plans to add an­other to boost his side’s at­tack and help push for the play­offs.

“There will def­i­nitely be one more player com­ing in be­fore the end of this month,” said the man­ager. “It will be a player who has got great po­ten­tial and good abil­ity. We have per­mis­sion to do it but it’s go­ing to take a lit­tle bit of time be­fore that one comes through for the rea­son that the club is in a po­si­tion to do it later on, rather than now.”

Robins clearly needs to free up funds in terms of wages in or­der to bring the player in, with a num­ber of ex­ist­ing fringe play­ers ex­pected to go out on loan and some even leav­ing the club com­pletely.

“Re­ally we have got a big num­ber and there are some that will have to leave, so we are look­ing at loans and peo­ple maybe go­ing out on a per­ma­nent ba­sis,” he said.

As for what fans can ex­pect from Enobakhare, who has trained with the squad for the first time this week, Robins is con­vinced he has a ver­sa­tile for­ward who will add strength to City’s for­ward line.

Asked if he’s sim­i­lar in style to Duck­ens Na­zon, who en­joyed a pro­duc­tive spell on loan from Wolves in the first half of last sea­son, the man­ager said: “Umm, sim­i­lar-ish, yes.

“He’s pow­er­ful, he’s tal­ented and he’s young. He’s played in the Cham­pi­onship and he’s done pretty well.

“He’s been out on loan to Kil­marnock in the first half of the sea­son and I imag­ine it didn’t go as well for him as he had hoped or an­tic­i­pated, but he’s a tal­ent and I want to try to help him get the best out of him­self to help us through­out the rest of the sea­son. And if he does that then we have got some player on our hands be­cause he’s a real tal­ent and, po­ten­tially, a Pre­mier League player.”

Lim­ited to just six ap­pear­ances north of the bor­der, Robins will as­sess the 20-year-old to see if he’s fit enough to go straight in against Wim­ble­don to­day or be on the bench. “He’s trained twice and he looks like an ath­lete, so I will have a look at him and make a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” he said. “He’s a tal­ented player and we brought him in for a rea­son so we want to get him in­volved as quick as we pos­si­bly can do – whether it’s from the start or not, we will have to wait and see. He played 80 min­utes last week and he has trained for the last two weeks be­cause he had an in­jury prior to that, so we are mind­ful of that.

“We have spo­ken to Wolves and they are ab­so­lutely clear on his fit­ness, and the conversations I’ve had are good ones. The boy him­self is chomp­ing at the bit and he wants to play.”

Robins has admitted that he has looked at As­ton Villa and Ever­ton’s promis­ing young stars Rushian Hep­burn-Mur­phy and Antony Evans – but didn’t ex­pect any City moves for the pair, even be­fore for Hep­burnMur­phy’s loan move to League Two side Cam­bridge United.

“They will be in the scout­ing data­base and there are re­ports on them,” said the man­ager, “but I don’t think we will be do­ing any­thing with ei­ther of those at this stage. They are very tal­ented boys, both of them. But we have a squad that is a cer­tain size that needs thin­ning out.”

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