Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel is looking to recruit the players who can help his side make the step-up to the Championship next season, with Derby County attacking midfielder Luke Thomas on the verge of signing according to a report on Gloucester Live.
Thomas, 20, has been at Pride Park since 2016 when he joined from Cheltenham Town, but only has a couple of appearances for the Rams to his name, having spent loan spells at Gloucester City and more recently Coventry City last season.
The attacking midfielder showed flashes of his quality last season at the Ricoh Arena, and exhibited moments of top technical ability.
So if the Rams do sanction Thomas’ sale, do you think they could live to regret it in the future?
“Derby will know what he’s all about, and would have assessed how much potential he has.
“As a result, they will know that it is the right decision to offload him to Derby. He had a decent year at Coventry last season but didn’t prove he was exceptional at League One level.
“The Rams are probably making the right choice but at 20 there is a lot of room for improvement. If Derby receive a decent sum for the player then both parties will be satisfied.
“I thought he might go out on loan, but he was impressive for Coventry and Barnsley will be laughing all the way back to Oakwell.
“Thomas is full of potential, he’s creative and he’s got pace to burn.
“Give him a chance in the Championship and he’ll thrive. It’ll hurt Derby, he could have replaced Mount or Wilson.”
“Thomas is a very promising young player and was impressive while on loan at Coventry in League One last season.
“If he isn’t going to get his chance at Derby, then it makes sense for him to leave the club and he could be a very good signing for Derby.
“He could become a top player in the future and the Rams could well regret letting him go.”
“It’s a difficult one.
“Thomas hasn’t made a notable impact with Derby in his time with the club, but given his age, it could come back to haunt them.
“Barnsley obviously see something in him, which will be of slight concern to Derby fans who won’t want him to come back and score against the Rams this season.
“He’s not proven enough at Championship level at the moment, but I think he prove them wrong if he is to be given regular game time with Barnsley next season.”