A PERFECT FIT; Baker Backs 'Class' Kyle to Make Big Impression with City Classy Kyle Will Be Asset to City - Baker

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A PERFECT FIT; Baker Backs 'Class' Kyle to Make Big Impression with City Classy Kyle Will Be Asset to City - Baker


Byline: ANDY TURNER Sky Blues Reporter andy.turner@reachplc.com

FORMER fans' favourite Carl Baker believes Kyle McFadzean is "good fit" for Coventry City.

In fact, the one time Sky Blues skipper can even take a large chunk of credit for selling the club to one of his best friends in football.

McFadzean, 32, became manager Mark Robins's first signing of the summer last week when he agreed a twoyear deal, joining the club on a free transfer from League One bedfellows Burton Albion.

Baker and centre-half McFadzean had a season together at MK Dons when they gained promotion to the Championship in 2015.

"You come across so many players in football and, for me, I have played with or against hundreds and hundreds of players and Kyle is one of maybe five who I stay in close contact with," said Baker, who is enjoying the autumn of his career at non-league Brackley, who have just missed out on promotion after being knocked out of the Conference North play-off semifinals on penalties.

"He's up there along with people like Michael Doyle and Lee Carsley - great lads who I keep in touch with and see as true friends.

"And Kyle is a class lad who is a very good player. He's a big, strong lad who is calm on the ball and off the pitch he has a great character as well, so I think the fans will really take to him.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve, is really passionate and loves what he does. He will give 110 per cent to everything in the way he plays and the fans will see that.

"So I think he's a really good fit for Coventry, both on and off the pitch to be honest with you."

Asked about the way he plays, Baker CONTINUED ON PAGE 35 said: "He's a ball playing centre- half, a bit like Rio Ferdinand used to play when he was at Man United. "If he sees space to run in front of he will take up that space. "Kyle is a little bit similar to Harry Maguire, who he was at Sheffield United with. He has confidence on the ball and will step into spaces and try to get you higher up the pitch. "Sometimes he can take a chance and make errors here and there but for the majority of the season, what he gives will be a massive contribution. "And with losing Doyler and a few more of the experienced lads it's going to be important to have him in the dressing room. "It's important to have a good group of lads off the pitch and he will certainly fit in great to the dressing room and the lads at Coventry will absolutely love him. "He's a fun character with a heart of gold and is a really good lad. …

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