Bright Enobakhare’s confirmed move to AEK Athens will disappoint many a Coventry City fan.
A firm favourite during his short but sweet loan spell with the Sky Blues in 2019, the hugely talented play-maker’s availability this summer sparked hopes that Championship-bound City would provide the perfect home to kick-start his stalling career.
When the opportunity arose, albeit fleetingly, to have a conversation with the 22-year-old in the last January transfer window, Mark Robins admitted he was torn – the pros and cons being weighing up his outstanding natural ability against the high maintenance management of a maverick character.
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Tales of going AWOL in Germany, being late for training and refusing to attend meetings at Ryton revealed an arrogance associated with personalities with ideas above their station.
When challenged by Grimmer about missing a meeting, the Scot revealed Bright’s response was: “No, no, there’s too many meetings. I don’t need to go to meetings.”
This season’s incredible title winning success has been built on a number of solid foundations, not least an extremely tight-knit group of players all pulling in the same direction to overcome the adversity of playing every game away from home to become worthy League One champions.
There have been no bad apples, no disruptive influences in a dressing room that star striker Matty Godden believes contains such a “special group of players.”
And it’s that special bond that the group will have to draw upon once more to help see them through an incredibly testing first season back in the second tier.
City will, no doubt, be underdogs from day one. They’ll have the smallest budget in the division which means that team spirit and momentum could play a huge part in the club gaining a foothold at the level.
There’s no room for big time Charlies in the camp who are a law unto themselves. And that’s why we shouldn’t be too disappointed now that young Bright has penned his deal in Greece.
As brilliant as he is as a player on his day, City have dodged a bullet on this one.