Coventry City have beaten Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to sign a
Richard Spong, holder of twelve caps at under-16 and one at
under-17 level, was being chased by several premiership clubs after
his performances in the Nordic Cup.
Richard Money, director of Coventry’s soccer academy, said:
"Richard’s parents narrowed the list down to three clubs.
Liverpool, Tottenham and ourselves. He spent one week at Spurs and
two days at Liverpool, before deciding to join us."
"I like the atmosphere at this club. People are very
friendly and helpful. I think they can make me into a better player
so that I will play for my country at senior level one day."
Coventry already have two Swedes, goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and full
back Tomas Gustafsson, on their books and the youngster said:
"It will be fun to have someone from my own country to talk
to, but it did not affect my decision one way or the other."
Fifteen year old Spong is a centreback but he can also play
"We shall have to wait to see which is his best
position," says Money.
"He is six feet tall and is very good in the air, but he is
also very skilful and it might be that a holding role in central
midfield will be his best position."
The young player was watching his new clubmates training today
before leaving for a holiday in Spain with his parents to relax
following the end of the Swedish football season. He then leaves with
the Swedish under-16 squad for a six-nation tournament in Israel.
His first game in Coventry’s colours is likely to be in the FA
Youth Cup in mid-January against Tottenham – the team he turned