After a stellar season for Coventry, Milan Van Ewijk should not be surprised to get interest from the top leagues.

The 23-year-old’s performance in his patchy squad this season will surely please Mark Robins, who defeated Leeds in the competition to recruit the full-back from SC Heerenveen.

Van Ewijk has faced challenges juggling his position between right-midfield and right-back, but the Netherlands under-21 international has shown remarkable poise in this regard and seems set to make another significant shift shortly.

Van Ewijk shines for Coventry

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Van Ewijk is one guy that Robins has been able to count on this entire season. He has been a mainstay in the Sky Blues lineup, missing just three games this season. After two terrific seasons at Heerenveen, €4 million is starting to seem like a great deal every day.

Despite Coventry’s unimpressive beginning, he was among the team’s better players and scored his first goal with the team against Watford with an incredible thirty-yard free kick that found the bottom corner. After a run of passable games, he finally started to show his true colours in November, contributing a lot of goals and developing a great relationship with Japanese winger Tatsuhiro Sakamoto.

 

Van Ewijk has been used in a more advanced role after the Coventry manager changed the system due to Sakamoto’s injury in late February, despite his outstanding performances. The recent FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and the Netherlands youth international, when he faced England star Marcus Rashford, saw the Dutch youth international adjust well and play well.

 

“I kept Rashford under reasonable control,” Van Ewijk stated in a post-match interview with Ziggo Sport.

Naturally, though, there are times when he demonstrates his abilities. Luckily, I had a strong match. I can walk home with my head held high because I demonstrated who I am today,” he continued.

 

Statistically, Van Ewijk has been superb

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The 23-year-old is an extremely gifted football player, as seen by watching him play in person, and the statistics definitely support this. According to FBref, he is among the top 15% of full-backs in terms of goals and assists, progressive carries, and progressive passes received.

He is not just good at moving forward, but he can also make a play on defence. achieving all tackling and interception-related metrics in the top 30 percentile. This was never more apparent than in the game against the Red Devils, as he generated three opportunities for his team from right wing-back while making two effective tackles.

 

Semi-final puts him in the shop window

Van Ewijk winning header against Bruno Fernandes

One FA Cup memory that will live a lifetime is the incredible comeback that Coventry came so close to completing.

It was a chance for several City players, including Van Ewijk, to establish themselves on the grandest platform. Many scouts from elite teams would have taken note of his outstanding performance when facing up against Rashford, and it is very possible that they would show interest in the young player this summer.

 

He’s only 23 years old, so there’s still a lot of room for improvement, and his contract expires in 2026, so he might fetch a high price. Sporting Lisbon and Leeds are both interested in the full-back, so it wouldn’t be shocking if one of them made a strong offer to get the Sky Blues star to go.

 

The Premier League may also be interested in him, and a team that uses a three-back formation may be drawn to his versatility. Two teams who may be a perfect fit and be able to pay a sizable amount for a player of Van Ewijk’s calibre are Wolves and Crystal Palace.

 

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