Conor Coventry’s loan move away from West Ham will be just what he needs if he wants to become a club hero. 

West Ham’s deadline day signing of Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral on a season-long loan led to the departure of youth product Conor Coventry to Championship side Peterborough United last week.

The Republic of Ireland U21 captain arrives in the Championship having only made three first-team appearances for the Hammers.

The 21-year-old, however, impressed heavily during pre-season with many fans now dubbing him as the new ‘Declan Rice’ for the future.

The defensive midfielder has shown David Moyes in the youth set-up that he has the potential to be a great player for West Ham. This is why the Championship will be a good move for him.

Coventry’s great passing ability and defensive work rate is what makes him stand out, and that could prove to be a vital asset for Peterborough this season.

If given the right amount of game time by their manager Darren Ferguson, Coventry will gain valuable minutes playing first-team football and hopefully come back to East London a much better player.

Despite impressing during pre-season, it was always going to be a struggle breaking into the first team this year at West Ham. With the club trying to prove themselves in Europe as well, it was the wrong time for Coventry to take a step up.

However, the 21-year-old remains as one of West Ham’s most promising youngsters and will definitely be a talent to watch over the years to come.

His experience in the Championship this season will no doubt unlock his raw qualities and, if he continues to improve, it is likely that David Moyes will look to select him a lot sooner rather than later.