Coventry City manager Mark Robins has praised Derby County's Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas after receiving The Derby County Young Player Of The Year Award on May 6, 2018 in Derby,England.

Derby County’s Luke Thomas has been on loan at Coventry City.

Luke Thomas after receiving The Derby County Young Player Of The Year Award on May 6, 2018 in Derby,England.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has praised on loan winger Luke Thomas and admits he is thankful to Derby County for allowing the Sky Blues to bring him in, dcfc.co.uk report.

“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.

Chris Maguire of Sunderland (R) takes on Luke Thomas of  Coventry during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Sunderland at The Ricoh Arena on September 29, 2018 in...

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.

Chris Maguire of Sunderland (L) takes on Luke Thomas of  Coventry during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Sunderland at The Ricoh Arena on September 29, 2018 in...

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