Chelsea youngster Silko Thomas is currently on trial with Sheffield United, as the Blades look to snap up another promising young talent.
The Blades are trying to be a self sustaining club and part of that is identifying and then developing top young talents.
Thomas, then, is up in Sheffield and will be assessed by Del Geary and the coaching staff. Paul Heckingbottom admitting in the last few days he’d not got to see Thomas play, but will trust the judgement of Geary and others in terms of offering a contract.
“I’ve not seen him yet, he played in a game we couldn’t get to. All my feedback has been through Del [Geary, academy boss] and Micky regarding him. We know what his qualities are in terms of his attacking intent.”
But just who is Silko Thomas? And why could he be willing to leave Chelsea to take up a new position with Sheffield United? Well, we’ve done our best to take a look for you.
Who is Silko Thomas?
As most football fans will know, Chelsea are a hot bed for young talented footballers in England. They have, over the years, hoarded young players but we’ve seen few really kick on into their first-team. Only recently under Graham Potter are we seeing a cluster of youngsters get their chance.
For Thomas, he could see United as the ideal escape. A club on the up, who has a rich history of developing young players, and who he might be able to push into the first-team much quicker than at Stamford Bridge.
Per the Chelsea website, Thomas is described as a winger who can play on both sides who has already made the step into their under-21s squad at times.
A”n attacking player who is comfortable on either wing as well as through the middle, he is exciting to watch, possessing good speed and agility to create goals. Thomas made the majority of his performances for the Under-18s and had contributed goals and assists to the team before making his maiden outing for the development squad in April 2021,” the Blues write.
“During his debut he played as a wing-back and provided an assist for Tino Anjorin before marking his start with a goal of his own in a 3-1 win over Southampton. In total, Thomas scored three goals in 22 games for the Academy in 2020/21.”
Sheffield United News View: Thomas one to watch for Blades fans
It’s never a bad thing if we are looking at young players from clubs like Chelsea. Despite our own record of bringing young players through, we still need to snap up others and then build on their previous development.
Recently, we’ve seen United make good money from players like Will Lankshear and Kylan Midwood. Both had never been near the first-team. Both have fetched in decent fees for the club. It’s exactly what United want to do right now.
Hopefully, Thomas can do well on trial and impress. From there, the Blades have a player on the books who’s had a Premier League education from one of the best clubs.