Charlton Atheltic are one of a number of sides eyeing a move for former West Ham academy graduate Sorba Thomas, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old forward is currently on the books of National League side Boreham Wood, who made the play-offs in the fifth tier last season, but his performance have caught the eye of the Addicks, amongst others.
Lee Bowyer faces competition from two Championship sides in the hunt for the players’ services, with both Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley looking for replacements for outgoing players. the Hoops look set to sell Bright Osayi Samuel to Celtic, whilst the Tykes have allowed Jacob Brown to join Stoke City.
Thomas started out as a central striker but has been turned into a fast and aggressive winger whilst playing for Boreham Wood, who have twice come close to earning a spot in the Football League in recent seasons.
Charlton have already rolled the dice on two recruits from non-league thus far this summer, drafting in Hady Ghandour from Tooting & Mitcham, as well as Lucas Ness from the Met Police. Their only senior signings have been Alex Gilbey from MK Dons and Conor Washington, who joins from relegated SPFL side Heart of Midlothian.
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Whilst the bright lights of the Championship might well turn the player’s head, he would be wise to consider a move to Lee Bowyer’s Addicks.
They have a strong track record when developing young players, with Joe Aribo and Karlan Ahearne-Grant key examples. They have also done well with former West Ham players, such as Josh Cullen, as they have a similar style and old-school mentality about the way the play.
Furthermore, you only have to look at Macauley Bonne to see that Bowyer isn’t afraid to take a player from non-league and play him in his first team. It seems Sorba Thomas and the Addicks would be a great match, if they can fight off the second-tier clubs coveting his signature.