Conor Coventry relishing opportunity with West Ham United first team
Conor Coventry is determined to make the most of his opportunity to work with David Moyes’ West Ham United first team.
The 20-year-old has featured heavily in pre-season so far for the Irons, starting the 4-1 win at Ipswich Town on Tuesday before coming off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Brentford.
The midfielder is relishing his chance to train daily with the senior side during pre-season and believes his spell on loan last campaign with Lincoln has helped prepare him even further for a step into the first team.
“I feel good,” Coventry told West Ham TV. “It’s always good to play at a stadium like this whenever you can and it’s good to get more minutes against a strong team. Obviously, we’ve seen them have a good season in the Championship last season, so it was a good work-out.
I’m just really happy to have the opportunity that the gaffer has given me to train every day and get this game time.
“I feel like a lot more of a rounded player since I’ve been on loan, and a rounded person too. I’m just really happy to have the opportunity that the gaffer has given me to train every day and get this game time. Hopefully I can keep pushing on and find my place in the team.”
Coventry played at right-back in Tuesday’s win at Portman Road, before stepping into his more central midfield role on Saturday, and the youngster is looking to make the most of every minute on the pitch.
The Academy graduate knows competition is fierce in the West Ham first team for spots in midfield, particularly with captain Mark Noble, England international Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Jack Wilshere also available, but Coventry is determined to learn from each of them.
“I enjoyed that experience at right-back,” he continued. “Obviously, I’m still young, so to play anywhere as long as I’m getting minutes, and I love learning different roles, so I really enjoyed it. But centre midfield is my natural role and where I want to be, so it was good to be back in there.
“I think all of those midfield names have got a wealth of experience. Even Dec, who is only 21 or 22, they’ve all got so much experience in internationals and the Premier League. You can learn off them all and take little things from them.”
Having been told by manager David Moyes to try and make his mark on the first team during pre-season, Coventry is eager to continue learning, improving and making the most of every minute of action he is given.
He added: “The manager wants me to be myself. He’s told me to be myself and try and stand up in the group. He doesn’t want me to just be a young player who is in the group learning – although obviously I have to learn as well – but he wants me to try and stamp my mark and personality as well.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself. There’s massive competition but hopefully I can be involved at some point, but the main thing is that the team goes on to make a good start.
“I just want as much game-time as I can get and take the opportunities to improve, and show what I can do, so I’m really enjoying it.”