Coventry City manager Mark Robins has admitted that he doesn’t know how long he can keep hold of striker Viktor Gyokeres.
The Swedish international was a target for Middlesbrough last summer, and he has started this season in impressive form, having scored nine goals in 19 Championship matches. Asked about the 24-year-old’s future amid concerns about Coventry’s financial situation, Robins replied:
“I think everyone talks about whether you can keep hold of people but let’s just enjoy everybody while we have them and get on with things. There’s too much time spent talking about whether we can keep hold of people. The truth of the matter is that at some point players move on, managers and staff move on.”
It remains to be seen whether Boro will revive their interest in Gyokeres during the January transfer window. He was pursued when Chris Wilder was still manager so it could be the case that Michael Carrick has other priorities.
With the exception of Chuba Akpom, Boro don’t really have anyone else in the squad who can be relied upon to score goals. Marcus Forss has performed well since Carrick’s arrival on Teesside, but the Finnish star has still only scored twice in 18 appearances. Gyokeres could add more firepower ahead of the second half of the campaign.