Syston Footballer Makes His Debut for Leicester City in Style

Luke Thomas has always loved playing football, he showed passion for the sport from a very young age, taking part in local U5s training sessions on Central Park in his home town of Syston. He then joined Riverside Football Club and enjoyed playing football competitively with his friends from age 7 to 9.

His exceptional talent was then spotted, and he was asked to join and sign for the LCFC academy, somewhere he stayed throughout his school years until he was offered a scholarship with the club aged 16. Balancing school work, elite level training and trying to still do all the things a normal teenager does was hard, but the dedication and commitment seems to have paid off.

At just 18 Luke secured a regular position in the LCFC U23s team, playing in Premier League 2, achieving the Development Player of the Season Award for 19/20.

Luke had been training with the LCFC first team since the recent restart of football and was benefiting from the opportunity to gain experience from seasoned pros, hoping one day his own chance to play in the Premier League would come.

But that chance came on 16 July, at just 19 years and 36 days he became the 3rd youngest player to start a premier league game for LCFC (after Emile Heskey and Stuart Campbell) playing in the left wing back position.

His senior level debut couldn’t have gone better when he set up Ayoze Perez for the first goal.

Brendan Rogers cited Luke’s “incredible composure and cool temperament has helped him cope with the 3 high pressure matches he has now been involved in with the first team. He has a wonderful view of the game and understands football”.

Luke also has 8 caps at youth level for England, first travelling to Spain with the U18s squad in November 2018 and more recently Dubai with the U19s.

Luke has made a brilliant start to his football career, he will no doubt face tougher tests, but this is just the beginning of what will hopefully be a fantastic career for him.