Derby County winger Luke Thomas has joined Coventry City on loan until January.
The Championship side confirmed the 19-year-old’s six-month switch to the Ricoh Arena having signed a new four-year deal with the Rams in recent weeks – he becomes the second Rams player of the day to be loaned out after Nick Blackman.
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Thomas’ loan move will be of great benefit to both clubs as he looks to gain more first-team experience.
In November 2017, the winger made his Derby debut coming off the bench against Queens Park Rangers before making a second substitute appearance against Bolton Wanderers towards the end of the season.
Despite having been a fixture in new boss Frank Lampard’s pre-season squad and scoring two goals in a friendly against Notts County, the winger has been loaned out.
With a plethora of new additions and the former Chelsea midfielder feeling Thomas needs more experience, the move was sanctioned.
Thomas was loaned to Gloucester City last term for a short while but will now join up with Mark Robin’s Sky Blues in the third tier after their promotion last season.
Thomas’ loan to Coventry City is a good move for the youngster.
The six month period will provide the 19-year-old with the perfect platform to gain experience before his progress is reviewed upon returning to Pride Park.
With a number of new signings, the chance for a first team place are pretty slim, so the logical choice was to temporarily leave the Championship side to play regular first-team football.
Coventry have a young side themselves, but an experienced manager in Mark Robins who will no doubt get all he can out of the winger during his time at the Ricoh Arena.
It is a move that will only benefit all parties involved.