“He’s a good player with good potential. He just needed some first-team games, and thankfully Derby have allowed us to have him on loan,” Robins explained.
“He’s been fairly easy to settle in, he’s worked hard and done everything that has been asked of him. He just needs to learn a little bit more about the game, when to run with it, or when to lend it. But he has got a lot of ability, with a lot of pace as well.”
Thomas came through the Derby youth system and several supporters at Pride Park feel he has the potential to go on and become a mainstay in the club’s first-team squad in the near future.
But right now he is getting much-needed match experience after impressing during Derby’s U23 campaign last season, with Coventry giving him plenty of minutes to shine.
The 19-year-old has made 11 League One appearances for the Midlands club, helping the newly-promoted club to five wins from league matches, leaving Mark Robins’ side five points shy of the playoffs.
Derby currently have plenty of wide players on their books with Mason Bennett, Tom Lawrence, Florian Jozefzoon and Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson for options, but Thomas has time on his side.
Frank Lampard is keen to introduce the youth having handed regular starts to Jayden Bogle and Mason Bennett, with the latter especially surprising after barely featuring for Notts County on loan last season.
Thomas may have the opportunity to establish himself in the Derby squad for next season, but in the meantime he would be wise to focus on his current spell at Coventry and make the most of the experience.
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