West Ham: Conor Coventry joins Peterborough United on loan

Promising young midfielder, Conor Coventry, has left West Ham to join Championship side Peterborough United on a season-long loan.

Coventry will head to ‘The Posh’ to gain the experience of regular first team football until the end of the 2021/22 season. However, West Ham do have the option to recall him in January if needed.

The 21-year-old has received much praise recently for exceptional performances in the Hammers’ pre-season campaign, scoring in wins over Northampton Town and Reading. Many believe he has the potential to fill the boots of club captain, Mark Noble, when retires at the end of the season.

Talented youngster and West Ham’s Under-23’s captain, Conor Coventry, has been loaned out to Peterborough United for the 2021/22 season.

Conor Coventry of West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly between Brentford v West Ham United. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Conor Coventry of West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly between Brentford v West Ham United. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Not only has Coventry stood out in pre-season, he was also fantastic in captaining the West Ham Under-23 team last season scoring seven goals from central midfield as well as being captain for the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s side. In West Ham’s Under 23’s recent 6-1 demolishing of Arsenal some fans claimed he was far too good for youth team football.

There was hope from many West Ham supporters that this season could’ve been Coventry’s break through year at the club especially given the added fixtures that qualification for the UEFA Europa League brings.

Peterborough came second in League One last season and are one of the newly promoted sides in the second tier. Coventry will be playing under manager, Darren Ferguson, son of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex.

But much like young striker, Mipo Odubeko, who has joined fellow Championship team Huddersfield on loan, manager David Moyes seems keen for the Hammers’ best youngsters to play regular football elsewhere rather than spend most of the season sitting on the bench.

With the Hammers letting Coventry go, this leaves a space in central-midfield for the imminent arrival of Spartak Moscow’s Czech international Alex Kral. He is expected to be signing on loan with West Ham having the option to buy him for £17 million next summer. This would be the Hammers’ second incoming on deadline day following the signing of attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic.

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