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Chippo Bargain Buy Of The SeasonCoventry City believe Youssef Chippo is developing into the bargain
buy of the season.
In last nights Worthington Cup tie against Tranmere
Rovers the Moroccan midfielder scored his fourth goal in nine games since his £1 million
transfer from FC Porto, prompting manager Gordon Strachan to comment:
"He is phenomenal and I really think he is a top, top
Coventrys manager added:
"We were not able to see him play much when we signed
him because he was not in the Porto team, but he is very impressive."
Chippo is currently outshining his more illustrious
compatriot Moustapha Hadji, but Strachan believes the combined outlay of £5 million is
money well spent.
Gary McAllister, Coventrys captain certainly thinks
so. He said:
"I am not surprised they are doing so well. These guys
are seasoned internationals who were playing at a very high level on the club scene. They
are very good players."
Judging by his debut display last night against Tranmere
Rovers Carlton Palmer must also be a snip at £500,000.
Coventry have taken him on loan from Nottingham Forest with
a view to a permanent transfer and he performed as though he was a well-established member
of the Coventry squad.
Strachan said he wanted a victory from the Tranmere match
just to win a football game and he got that from a side without an experienced striker.
Now he waits to check his long casualty list before
Saturdays visit of West Ham United.
Goalkeeper Magnus Hedman (hamstring), Steve Froggatt
(ankle), David Burrows (hamstring), Noel Whelan (ankle), John Aloisi (hamstring), Gary
Breen (groin), Runar Normann (hamstring) and Laurent Delorge (knee) are all under
But Robbie Keane, eight goals in nine games for Wolves,
Republic of Ireland and Coventry this season, will be back after being cup-tied.