League One side Coventry City have explained the thinking behind the decision to allow striker George Thomas to cut short his loan spell at Huish Park. The 18 year old had been due to stay in South Somerset until January 3rd 2016, thus taking him as far as the start of the January transfer window, but didn't feature at all under interim manager Darren Way, with the decision made to allow him to return to the Ricoh Arena at the start of this week.
Up until now, neither club had hinted as to who had initiated the decision for Thomas to return to his parent club. Coventry first team manager Tony Mowbray suggests the move was initiated by himself, but explained that it was following a discussion with Glovers interim manager Darren Way relating to the sort of tactics he expected to deploy as part of his management. Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph that Way had explained that a more physical and direct approach was needed to Yeovil's play, which would tend to limit the striker's chances in the future, and so he was recalled:
"I spoke to him (Darren Way) at length the other day before bringing George back. I think he felt they need to be more physical in that league with bigger lads being more direct instead of playing through the lines so George became a little bit obsolete to them really. So the best thing for the lad was to bring him back with us and get him training and playing Under-21s football and being around the squad if needed. And he understands that and I think he’s happy to be back. He's a young guy who has a big future, I’m sure, and we’ll see whether there are any other loan options for him along the line. If not, we’re happy to have him back."
Overall Thomas made five appearances for the club, with his last coming during Paul Sturrock's final match for the club against Northampton Town at the tail end of November.
Link: George Thomas : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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