September 29th, 2016

Nigerian Striker Lateef Elford-Alliyu joins Sky Blues on a quiet deadline day

Updated: 6:03 pm, Sep 02, 2015

IT TURNED out to be a fairly quiet deadline day for the Sky Blues with who just one player coming in and another going out of the Ryton training doors.

Tony Mowbray boosted his attacking options with the signing of striker Lateef Elford-Alliyu on a four-month deal.

The 23-year-old impressed Mowbray while on a two-week trial with the Sky Blues where he scored for the club’s Under-21s in a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Elford-Alliyu began his career at West Bromwich Albion in the youth ranks and had several loan spells with Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Bury during his time at the Hawthorns.

He left the Black Country in 2012 and moved to Maltese Premier League side Valletta last season where he scored 13 league goals before

“We’ve been really impressed with Lateef during his time at the club and we believe he has plenty of potential to progress here,” said Mowbray.

“We’ll be looking to work with him over the coming weeks and hopefully, after more game-time with the Under-21s, he’ll go on to give us a valuable option in the first-team.

“He has plenty of pace and in the games which he’s played for us, he makes life difficult for defenders with his movement in-behind and down the channels.

“Over the course of the four-month contract, we hope he’ll take this opportunity to get up to speed as a first-team player and kick-start his footballing career.”

The Observer understands that Mowbray is keen to still bring in one other loan player and free transfer although those two deals will be able to be completed after Tuesday’s deadline.

Elsewhere, midfielder Danny Swanson has left the club by mutal consent and is expected to sign for Scottish side St Johnsone.

The 28-year-old was signed by Steven Pressley in July 2014 but has struggled to make his mark at the Ricoh Arena having made just 18 appearance, most of which have come from the bench.