Gyokeres: Robins is helping me become a better striker

Sweden international is spending the second half of the season on loan with Coventry City.

By Charlie Hanson • 03 March 2021

By Simon Davies
Viktor Gyokeres in action against Preston in the Carabao Cup in September.

Striker Viktor Gyokeres has said he is learning plenty under Coventry City boss Mark Robins.

The former Manchester United forward has been giving the 22-year-old tips and tricks to improve his game, after the Sweden international joining the Sky Blues in January on loan for the rest of the campaign.

“He was a decent striker as a player and it’s good to work with somebody who understands my position and can drill into me what is expected,” said Gykores. “He speaks to me about how I can be more effective and gives me little bits of advice on my movement.

“It’s helpful to have a coach who has played for the likes of Manchester United, because he knows the demands of the very top level and you can learn a lot from that.

“The Championship is tough. Teams defend very well in this league and there are a lot of clubs in the division who would probably survive in the Premier League.

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Viktor Gyokeres grabbed his first Albion goal with a low strike against Pompey.

“The more you play and learn from these experiences, you find out better ways to expose defenders and improve your own game.”

Despite Coventry currently ground-sharing with Birmingham City, Gyokeres is aware of how big a club the Sky Blues were not so long ago and believes that they deserve to return to the top-tier.

“The few weeks I have been at the club for so far have been a good experience. Like anything, you get along better with the players and coaches the more time you work with them. We have a good team and we have performed well.

“Although it’s been a tough few years for them you can tell Coventry is a big club – they have won trophies in the past. The vibe around the club is good and I also know of a few other Swedish players that have played here so it’s good to have that connection.

“Coventry belong at least at this level, if not the Premier League.”

Robins' men were in action against Middlesbrough last night, falling to a 2-1 home defeat.