Chris Dawson: The Leeds United player Dave Hockaday should loan for Coventry City

Why Dave Hockaday should look to bring Chris Dawson on loan to Coventry.

Almost lost among the transfer deadline day news was the surprise return of former Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday to the Football League.

Hockaday was fired by Massimo Cellino after four games this season, bringing to an end his surprise tenure as boss of the Championship side.

At the end of last year he became an advisor to non-league Swindon Supermarine, before League One side Coventry City announced on deadline day he would join them as a 'professional development coach.'

Club boss Steven Pressley told Coventry's website: "Whilst working with the Under-21s, he will also work alongside me and Neil MacFarlane with the first-team throughout the week, and I believe his experience will help bridge the gap between the Under-21s and the first-team."

Can he raid his former club for players?

When the Football League loan window opens on Monday (Feb 7), Hockaday's knowledge of the Leeds squad could land up with him recommending an attempt to move for one or two of those on the fringes.

If he does, there's one standout player who would benefit from playing on loan at the Sky Blues, and that's youngster Chris Dawson.

Why Dawson?

The Welsh under-21 international is a highly rated talent, who has made it into the first team at Leeds this season, but only briefly.

He has made two substitute appearances but for just a combined 37 minutes of football. The last of these however came in the December home loss to Fulham, and he has not figured since.

Dawson has in fact not even made the substitute's bench in the following seven Championship matches, and while he did in the FA Cup loss to Sunderland, he was not brought on.

A promising attacker, he is at the stage of his burgeoning career where he needs to play regularly in order to aid his development.

A move down to League One would be a logical step, and Hockaday may just have the contacts to help convince his former side Coventry are the right side for him to blossom at.

The Sky Blues sit 19th of 24 teams in the division, and have struggled for goals - netting only 29 in 28 games. Dawson would stand a good chance of making an impact, and coming back to Leeds better off for it

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