Coventry City are considering a nosedive for the Premier League striker

Championship side Coventry City are considering a loan move for Crystal Palace striker Luke Plange this summer, according to an update from The Sun.

The 19-year-old was an unexpected starter for Derby County during the 2021/22 season after arriving from Arsenal last year, with manager Wayne Rooney forced to use some of his younger players as he struggled with a transfer embargo.

Although the Manchester United legend was able to recruit Sam Baldock, Colin Kazim-Richards’ serious injury in August gave Plange a path into the starting XI and he capitalized on that opportunity with both hands, scoring four goals and two assists in 26 league games Aries.

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However, his permanent stay at Pride Park ended in January when Crystal Palace made a £1million bid for the teenager’s services, an offer which relegation team administrators had little choice but to accept as the club did not name a preferred bidder to take them out of the then administration.

However, Plange does not appear to be in Patrick Vieira’s short-term plans as the Frenchman is keen for the striker to gain more experience on loan – and Coventry are a side believed to make a temporary move for him in time for 2022 weighs /23 campaign.

Although the Sky Blues already have Matt Godden, Martyn Waghorn, Fabio Tavares and Viktor Gyokeres available, the latter has been linked with a move from CBS Arena and Plange, 19, could be the man they are set to replace the Swedish national player.

Gyokeres is reportedly being pursued by Fulham and Middlesbrough, with Mark Robins’ side potentially facing a battle to retain the services of their star striker in the coming months.

The judgment:

Plange would be a decent signing for the Sky Blues – but if they want to bring him in – he should be played with a forward partner to take the pressure off the youngster of being their main goalscorer.

Relieving that pressure could make a real difference in the teenager’s performances, although it’s fair to say Gyokeres will need to move on if Plange is to be guaranteed regular starts at the CBS Arena.

With all options available fit, Gyokeres and Godden are likely the two main contenders to start alongside each other given their respective goal tally, although there’s no guarantee the latter can remain fit.

Waghorn is also a good option so the Palace forward needs reassurances on his playing time before assessing whether or not he should make this move to the Midlands, despite the chance of playing at the right end of the second division table will be tempting for him.

One thing is certain though – and that is the fact that he cannot return to youth football after playing a respectable role for the Rams in the 2021-22 season. Now it’s time for him to build on that success under Rooney.

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