Coventry City boss Mark Robins has admitted that he would be interested in bringing loan pair Leo Østigård and Viktor Gyökeres back to Coventry once the season has ended.
The duo, both on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, have impressed and played their parts well for Coventry as the club recently secured their Championship status for another season.
Østigård in particular has endeared himself to Sky Blues fans this season with his defending style and ability to head the ball, and his crucial goal against Rotherham United certainly won over even more supporters.
Asked about the fact that Østigård seems to have really bought into Coventry and doesn’t really feel like a loan player, Robins said: “Yes, that’s him and I am just disappointed the supporters haven’t been in to experience it at first hand.
“I know they have watched on the iFollow but if they are with him and he knows and feels that – and I know he does – he gives so much back.
“And I think he’s not alone in this. And that’s why we need supporters back in there because they thrive on it. Gustavo (Hamer) will be the same.
“They thrive on that and will feel it in the stadium, and that’s something you can’t replicate so that’s why I feel that players up and down the country, and ours in particular, have been absolutely magnificent.”
And Robins admits, like with fellow Brighton loanee Gyökeres, that he’d be keen on working with him again.
Østigård is out of contract at his Premier League parent club this summer, although manager Graham Potter has a one-year option in the club’s favour which he is likely to trigger.
The centre-back has been forthright, however, in his take on the situation, insisting he doesn’t want to sit on the bench.
Asked if Østigård will be a transfer consideration in the summer, either as a permanent signing or another loan, Robins told CoventryLive: “That’s something down the line but I have spoken about Vik [Gyökeres] so I suppose it’s only fair I do the same with Leo. I think he’s performed really well.
“He’s young, just 21 years of age, and he’s somebody I have enjoyed working with. He came in at the start of the season and he was unsure and finding his feet.
“And it’s been a really good loan for both players, and for Brighton as well.
“One the back of that I would certainly work with both of those players again. But they are Brighton’s player and it’s difficult to know at this stage what their plans are for both of them.”