A SERIES of impressive performance for the Sky Blues’ Under-21s has given winger Blair Turgott hope of signing a new deal so he can continue with his development under Tony Mowbray.
Moving away from home is never easy for a young footballer and that has been the case with Turgott.
After progressing through the famous West Ham Academy youth system, which has helped nurture the likes of England stars Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, the 20-year-old failed to make a breakthrough.
Having had short loan stints at Bradford, Colchester, Rotherham and Dagenham & Redbridge, Turgott decided to make a clean break.
His move to the Ricoh has seen him make just three first team appearances, although one of those included scoring an important winner at Peterborough back in March.
And despite his lack of opportunities, the young midfielder insists he will keep knocking on Mowbray’s door.
“Naturally I was disappointed because I did think from then on I would kick on but it’s not really panned out that way..” Turgott told the Observer.
“But these things happen in football I guess. There are lots of ups and downs and it’s about taking it on the chin bouncing back.
“Coming to a new club I knew that I had to come in and prove myself a bit. When I first came in I was on the bench and ideally as a new player you want to get minutes.
“I think you do have to hope that the good outways the bad and when I do get a setback I just need to make sure I keep playing well and show that I can be there again.
“And when I do get that opportunity again in the first team I want to show what I can do.”
That winner against Peterborough could prove to be a vital goal in the club’s fight for League One survival which goes down to the wire at Crawley Town this weekend.
And Turgott revealed it was a special moment in his career.
“I think scoring the winner against Peterborough has to be one of the highlights of my career. It was good watching the game from the side and then the gaffer called me over.
“He told me to play my game and try and get on the ball. It was a good game and I was delighted to get the goal. It was a good performance from the team though too as well.
“At the time we needed to get the win so it was good to get the three points away from home.”
It can be difficult to pinpoint Turgott’s best position after making just three appearances so far this season since joining from West Ham in January.
But the young midfielder feels he plays better in the ‘number 10’ role, although he is happy to play anywhere as long as he is in the team.
“I like to play on either wing because I think I’m good with both feet. I do like to play the ‘number 10’ role but I don’t really mind.
“I’ve been a winger ever since I was young bit now I’m more versatile in the midfield and that can only be good for me.
“I like to drift in-between the three attacking positions. I like to get myself about. Get on the ball and get the ball moving forward.
“The main thing is that when I do get in the positions I need to get shots and cross in.
“I’m not bothered where I play I just want to get minutes and play games so it’s good to be playing for the Under-21s and hopefully I can just keep impressing and show that I’ve done enough to warrant a first team place.”
Like many other first team players, Turgott finds himself out of contract at the end of the season, but he is hoping his future lies at the Ricoh.
He added: “I’ve not sat down with the gaffer yet and spoken about next season yet really.
“For me it’s just about when I do play and train I need to keep impressing and hopefully these performances will help.
“The gaffer was there for the Huddersfield game and playing in front of the Under-21s manager Dave Hockaday so that can only be a good thing.
“Hopefully now I can just keep cracking on until the end of the season and we move on from there.
“In every game I’ve got to show that I’m hungry and make sure I take my opportunity when it comes.”