Coventry City boss Mark Robins has told Coventry Live that Luke Thomas could have scored more goals than Marc McNulty.
McNulty bagged 28 goals for the Sky Blues last term before joining Reading in the summer.
Thomas is on loan at the Ricoh Arena from Derby County and Robins believes that he should have as many goals to his name as McNulty did given the chances he’s had.
The City boss isn’t concerned though and remains convinced that the 20-year-old will fulfill his potential.
He told Coventry Live: “He has got into good positions all season and if truth be told he could easily be on 30 goals.
“He has just got to keep getting himself into those positions but not shy away from it.
“Luke has had a lot of good opportunities but hasn’t quite taken enough of them, but he’s still young.”
Thomas is in his first full season playing men’s football.
The highly-rated Derby academy graduate has been virtually ever-present for the Sky Blues this season and Robins believes that took its toll during Saturday’s defeat to Oxford United.
He continued: “He lacked a bit of energy on Saturday.
“Particularly in the second half his energy dipped a little bit but that’s been him of late. He needs to keep working.”
These comments from Robins perhaps suggest that he is a little bit disappointed that Thomas hasn’t scored a few more.
The Derby man has netted just four goals in all competitions this season, with the youngster very much a work in progress.
It does sound as though the City boss appreciates the undoubted quality that Thomas holds.
The winger is, as Robins says, still young and if the rough edges can be polished there is a very good player in Thomas.
Robins will hope that his loan star can add a few more goals to his game and fire the Sky Blues into the League One play-offs during the next couple of months.