Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on Luke Thomas’s move to Barnsley.
The club’s official website confirmed earlier how Thomas has joined the Tykes on a four-year contract, pending EFL approval. The Derbyshire Telegraph claims the Rams could net £1.2 million from the deal.
Many expected Thomas to break into Derby’s senior squad this season after an impressive loan spell at Coventry City. Last season, the winger scored five times in 44 games for the Sky Blues.
The transfer has come as a surprise, and Derby fans have taken to Twitter to have their say.
Real shame, very talented player, will do really good for Barnsley
— Stefan Broo🐑e (@StefanBroome) June 13, 2019
Disappointed about losing Thomas. He’s definitely got a bit about him, but I suppose it’s a move that works for both teams – decent money for a player yet to make a league start. #DCFC
— Stephen Pickering (@StephenPaul91) June 13, 2019
Dont understand the reaction by #dcfcfans to the sale of thomas, just another sign we are skint! Weinmenn 2m flojo 2.75m. Can't wait to reinvest that 1m quid it's really going to get us far. Should of gave the lad a chance and good luck to him #dcfc
— Jake Ford (@Ginner91) June 13, 2019
Interesting that we’re selling Thomas. Thought he had potential #dcfc
— 😎 (@ArembandJ) June 11, 2019
Why are we selling Luke Thomas for £1m to a rival, swear we turned down like triple that from West Ham last summer? #dcfc
— ‘ (@dcfcAjames) June 8, 2019
Tell me again why we’ve sold Luke Thomas? Thought he’d be one of the players Frank might trust to take the step up! Could regret that decision #dcfc #dcfcfans
— Shannon (@ShannonGrundy_) June 8, 2019
The general reaction from supporters at Pride Park is that the Rams didn’t give Thomas a chance. The 20-year-old only made a couple of Championship substitute appearances for the club.
Derby have plenty of gaps to fill this summer after the departures of key players. Harry Wilson returned to Liverpool following his successful loan spell, leaving Derby short in wide options.
Many feel Mason Bennett is more effective through the middle, leaving Tom Lawrence and last season’s summer signing Florian Jozefzoon as the only natural wide players in Derby’s senior squad.
Thomas was cited as a potential option ahead of next season. However, his exit raises questions as to whether Derby will use the cash to fund potential future signings this summer.
Frank Lampard will be hoping Derby’s 2017-18 Young Player of the Year doesn’t come back to haunt him. Barnsley will be one of the Rams’ opponents next term after winning promotion from League One, and they will be excited by Thomas’s potential.