Liam Thompson earned his first start of the campaign on Saturday afternoon as Derby County ran out 1-0 winners over Fleetwood Town courtesy of Martyn Waghorn’s second goal in as many games.
The academy graduate put in a stellar performance in the centre of midfield, with Paul Warne stating that Thompson ‘did really well’ amongst others as he picked up the man of the match award.
It was the Rams’ first win on home soil this season having lost the previous three in unfamiliar circumstances, and without the injured Max Bird it meant that the 21-year-old had to deputise alongside Conor Hourihane and Korey Smith in the middle.
Thompson provided a much needed creative spark, often driving the ball forwards and linking up the play with his teammates in exquisite fashion.
The youngster struggled for first team opportunities last season, finding himself shipped out on loan to Scunthorpe United in the second half of the season. His time with the Iron did not go to plan due to injury, and this campaign is now a vital one for the midfielder who is in the final year of his contract.
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There were doubts over his future during the summer, but his impressive form out of position at left-wing-back during pre-season put him firmly in contention once again for a spot in the first team squad.
What’s next for Thompson?
Having bided his time, frequently appearing off the bench until yesterday, Thompson stood out against Fleetwood and will now be expected to start for Derby when they face Peterborough away from home next Saturday.
It is now over to him to make his mark in Bird’s absence, prove his worth to the team and earn himself a new contract at the club.
If his latest showing is anything to go by, he is more than capable.