, Opinion: Grimsby Town should bring back Championship man this summer

Opinion: Grimsby Town should bring back Championship man this summer

Grimsby Town swooped to sign Coventry City striker Justin Obikwu on loan during the January transfer window.

Grimsby Town took a gamble on the Championship youngster earlier this winter.

Obikwu, 20, was given the green light to leave the Sky Blues on a temporary basis for the first time in his career.

His deal at Blundell Park is due to expire at the end of this season but the Mariners should try and get him back for the next campaign.

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It was always going to take time for Obikwu to adapt to life in League Two. He hasn’t played much senior football and is still quite raw.

However, he has bags of potential and is someone who David Artell has been carefully easing into the team.

He has made 10 appearances for Grimsby so far and scored in back-to-back games against Sutton United and MK Dons earlier this month.

The prospect hasn’t found the net in their last two outings against Gillingham and Wrexham but is getting plenty of game time under his belt which will be doing him good.

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Coventry signed him back in 2021 from Harefield United in non-league. The Trinidad and Tobago international, who has two caps under his belt, was handed his first professional deal by the Sky Blues last summer which shows he is highly-rated.

Mark Robins’ side will have a decision to make regarding what to do with him next when he heads back from his stint with the Mariners.

He is unlikely to break into the starting XI next term so another move to Grimsby would suit all parties involved.

Obikwu knows the club and manager already, understands the style of play and will be properly used to playing at fourth tier level by then.

The Mariners are back in action tomorrow with an away trip to Barrow. They then face Bradford City at home on Monday.

Artell’s men are sat in 21st place in the table and are six points above the drop zone with eight fixtures left to play.

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