Why Coventry City Moves For Tom Flanagan Doesn’t Mean Goodbye To Leeds United Target Michael Rose


Coventry City is said to have “had talks” with outgoing Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan – and Sky Blues fans fear it does mean Michael Rose is about to leave Ryton-on-Dunsmore. 24-year-old sparked interest from Leeds United and Bristol City this summer, if large-scale reports are to be believed, after helping Mark Robins’ team qualify as Ligue 1 champion .

His performances in Sky Blue will undoubtedly have caught the attention of the “biggest” clubs.

Earlier this week, CEO Dave Boddy told CoventryLive that no club had offered Rose an approach, but that he was aware of “paper discussions” surrounding his future.

But Robins may well want to improve his option as a left-back with his interest in Flanagan.

The Sunderland man, who joined the Black Cats in 2018, spent two seasons as a side back for Burton Albion in the championship where he was a regular partner of defending Sky Blues star Kyle McFadzean.

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In these consecutive campaigns, the 28-year-old has made 29 appearances as a left-back, ten as a right-back and only five as a central defender.

And even when Burton gave up his back four system, Flanagan remained a regular player as a wide player, scoring a left midfielder in both their 2-1 victory over Reading and their 3-0 victory on Sheffield Wednesday.

Coventry is on the side rear market this summer and would also be sensitive to French defender Julien Dacosta.

The Chamois Niortais helped fuel speculation that he was on his way to the West Midlands when he went on Instagram to follow the club’s official account and like their post celebrating the promotion of League One.

Mark Robins, Director of Coventry City

Dacosta, like Flanagan, is on the right foot but can play on both sides of the defense.

The Sky Blues have also been linked to getting a comeback for left-back Ryan Giles, who spent the latter half of last season on loan with the club, which had little impact as a replacement for Sam McCallum.

And it is more and more likely that Brandon Mason will leave definitively or on loan this summer.

Mason fell out of Robins’ plans last season and, even after McCallum completed his ready-return swap with Norwich City, failed to cement a return to the starting lineup.


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