Coventry City stars lead PFA Fans' Player of the Month chase
Coventry City strikers Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson have been leading the way in the goalscoring stakes in League One so far this season, sharing top spot with 12 goals apiece.
But there is another Sky Blues star who has been making a big impression this term, certainly in the eyes of his manager who rates him as a Premier League star of the future.
City boss Steven Pressley is full of praise for midfielder Conor Thomas and says: “He's an outstanding young player. I think he can play at the very top in the Premier League.”
Thomas’ efforts in steering the Sky Blues to the edge of the League One promotion zone have earned him a new, improved contract - tying him to the club until June 2016.
The 20-year-old has been an influential figure in Coventry’s superb start to the season, which has seen them overcome a ten-point deduction and put themselves in with a shout of the play-offs.
Pressley added: “Conor is a blueprint for the kind of young players we want to develop at this club. He's extremely talented, he's dedicated and he has a very bright future as he's shown in the way he has performed for us this season.
"He works just as hard off the pitch as he does on it and he's a fine example to other young players hoping to progress through the club's ranks. I'm delighted he has committed his future to us."
Joint top scorer Wilson has also committed his future to the club at a time when a number of top flight clubs are monitoring his progress too.
"He has been integral in our climb up the table so we're delighted he has signed," said Pressley. "He's a great kid and a Coventry boy with a desire to see us succeed. He has displayed exactly the kind of mentality and work ethic that I want to be the cornerstone of this club."
Whilst Coventry’s trio of stars – Wilson, Clarke and Thomas – are in the hunt for the November fans’ player of the month award, they have a serious rival in the shape of Bradford’s Nakhi Wells.
The young Bermudan frustrated Coventry at the weekend by scoring a hat-trick in a fascinating 3-3 draw, taking his tally to the season to 11 – just one behind Clarke and Wilson.
Well’s form and goalscoring prowess has certainly impressed Bradford boss Phil Parkinson who says: “Nakhi has been out injured, and since he came back he hasn't been at his sharpest, but he looked electric against Coventry.
"He was a constant threat, and I'm pleased for him because he's worked so hard in training and we sensed this would be the day he'd get back to his best.”
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