Who’s Thomas O’Connor?
O’Connor got here by means of the Southampton youth system after becoming a member of the membership in 2015 from the Republic of Eire, the place the spotlight was captaining the Southampton under-21 aspect all through the vast majority of the 2018/19 season.
The Irish midfielder loved two separate mortgage spells at then-League One aspect Gillingham throughout each the 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns, the place he made 67 appearances, scoring one purpose and helping six. O’Connor started to present his versatility all through this mortgage spell, making appearances at left-back, left midfield, central midfield, and central defence.
Regardless of a optimistic mortgage spell, Southampton determined to launch O’Connor on the finish of the 2020/21 season and Burton Albion picked up the midfielder on a free switch, the place he signed a two-year deal to proceed enjoying on the League One degree.
The Irishman solely made 21 appearances throughout his six-month spell at Burton, the place he started to exhibit his goal-scoring prowess, earlier than sealing a January 2022 deadline day transfer to Wrexham, who had been competing within the Nationwide League on the time.
The 24-year-old’s Wrexham profession has been very stop-start, making simply 36 appearances out of a attainable 79 throughout his 18-month spell with the Welsh membership which has resulted in promotion to the Soccer League.
Regardless of his harm issues, the quantity 22 has obtained reward from journalist Mark Griffith, who famous that the participant had begun to place in ‘heroic‘ performances after settling into the membership.
Would O’Connor be a great signing for Coventry Metropolis?
Coventry simply narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League final season, shedding on penalties within the play-off closing to Luton City, and in consequence are anticipated to lose numerous key gamers this summer time together with Gustavo Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres.
O’Connor has proven previously that he can carry out when he faces Championship degree opposition, together with his 8/10 efficiency towards Sheffield United within the FA Cup this season the place he recorded a purpose and an help a testomony to his high quality and degree of efficiency.
There can be query marks about if the Irishman could be successful on the Championship aspect, nevertheless, his positional versatility and his beforehand spectacular performances in League One ought to give supervisor Mark Robins the arrogance that ought to he be capable of recover from his harm issues, the left-footed midfielder might nicely be successful on the Sky Blues, and may doubtlessly change Hamer.