James Bailey is loaned to League One Coventry


Today, Rams midfielder James Bailey made a three-month loan switch to Coventry City. He hasn’t featured in a single first team matchday squad this season, and according to manager Nigel Clough it’s “purely because of the form of those ahead of him, and not a slight on his ability.”

I am quite a fan of Bailey and am very disappointed to see him frozen out this season. The emergence of Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick has affected Bailey’s first team position at the club, however I think James can still offer The Rams a lot. I really hope this three month loan can help him find his way back in the team at Derby and prove to Nigel Clough that he still has a lot to offer.

Here’s Rams boss Nigel Clough’s views on the move “James has found himself outside the first-team matchday squad this season purely because of the form of those ahead of him, and not a slight on his ability.We think this is a great opportunity for him to go out and get a regular run of first-team football behind him, which he’s not had for the last nine months or so and it will benefit him much more than playing for our Under 21 side every other week.”

Coventry manager Mark Robins said “I am very pleased that we have been able to bring James to the club. He has a lot of qualities and we believe he will be a good addition for us as he can play in a couple of positions and is a very good passer of the ball. Not only that, he will put his foot in and will land on second balls too. I’ve seen a lot of him over the past 18 months to two years and we are looking forward to working with him.”
The former-Crewe midfielder is available for selection for their League Cup tie at Arsenal tomorrow. He joins fellow Ram and Coventry loanee at the Richo Callum Ball, who has made 5 sub appearances and 2 starts so far for The Sky Blues.
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