Charlton Atheltic are on the cusp of landing former West Ham academy graduate Sorba Thomas, as reported by the South London Press.
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. He can play anywhere across the forward line and it is believed the Addicks have negotiated a six-figure deal to take him to The Valley.
Lee Bowyer had faced 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. Macauley Bonne left Charlton for QPR, ending the latter’s interest in Thomas and it now seems as though former Leeds midfielder Bowyer has got his man.
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. He’s bagged five goals in 75 outings for The Wood and signed a three-year deal with them back in 2019.
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.
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Whilst the bright lights of the Championship could have turned 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, reaping the rewards from doing so. It seems Sorba Thomas and the Addicks will be a great match.