Cooper tells Town kids: ‘follow Louis’ lead’

Town midfielder Louis Thompson

Town midfielder Louis Thompson

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

LOUIS Thompson is an example to his younger teammates according to his manager Mark Cooper.

The 19-year-old midfielder was the big deal for Town on transfer deadline day, signing a deal with Norwich and returning to Town on a loan-back deal until the end of the season. The sale brought in an immediate £600,000 though it is thought, with add-ons, that could rise to as high as £1.3 million.

Undoubtedly the deal is good for one for Swindon, as Thompson cost the club nothing and remains at the County Ground for the rest of the campaign. It could also be a sign of how the club wants model itself in the future. Cooper has been blooding young talent since his appointment, and recently talked about his admiration for Crewe’s famed production line.

His words on the sale of Thompson suggest he holds similar ambition for Town’s academy prospects, he said: “For Louis it just shows, what can happen. He’s come through the academy and he’s joined a big club in Norwich. The beauty for us is that we get him back for the rest of the season.

“It just goes to show our young players – the 15-year-olds, the 16-year-olds – what they can achieve, with, in Louis’ case, pure hard work, determination, coupled with ability. Without that determination and hard work the ability doesn’t work so he deserves everything he gets.”

Cooper thinks Thompson will go on to succeed with Norwich and revealed the thinking behind Norwich moving for the Wales youth international now.

“Norwich have thought ‘we need to act now before somebody else gets him and if that means we have to loan him back to Swindon then so be it’,” Cooper told BBC Wiltshire.

“They’ll have their midfielders for this season but they’ll certainly be looking for Louis for next season. It’s a good deal for us.

“I’m pleased he’s going to a big club next year but that we get to see the best of him this year.”

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6:53am Thu 4 Sep 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies?
Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies? oo-r-ya?
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7:23am Thu 4 Sep 14

umpcah says...

oo-r-ya? wrote:
Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies?
Use of that particular pic seems thoughtless if not a bit malicious.
[quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies?[/p][/quote]Use of that particular pic seems thoughtless if not a bit malicious. umpcah
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7:38am Thu 4 Sep 14

Stickshaker says...

umpcah wrote:
oo-r-ya? wrote:
Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies?
Use of that particular pic seems thoughtless if not a bit malicious.
What do you expect from an Oxford paper!
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: Come on Adver...... surely you have better pics of Louis than him being sent off at the Creepies?[/p][/quote]Use of that particular pic seems thoughtless if not a bit malicious.[/p][/quote]What do you expect from an Oxford paper! Stickshaker
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8:54am Thu 4 Sep 14

old town robin says...

I would have thought Louis can't be far away from Chris Coleman's plans . I think he is better than Robbie Savage was and he didn't do too bad playing for Wales. I can foresee Lou getting a full Welsh cap before he's 21.

Not sure if Nat has made the necessary progress for International recognition, but I wish both of them luck
I would have thought Louis can't be far away from Chris Coleman's plans . I think he is better than Robbie Savage was and he didn't do too bad playing for Wales. I can foresee Lou getting a full Welsh cap before he's 21. Not sure if Nat has made the necessary progress for International recognition, but I wish both of them luck old town robin
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9:20am Thu 4 Sep 14

Forevered says...

I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising.
I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising. Forevered
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9:44am Thu 4 Sep 14

old town robin says...

Forevered wrote:
I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising.
Gunter might be preferred because he plays for a Championship team. According to an article I read by Coleman, Gunter will win his 50th cap against Belgium tonight and expects he will win many more. He is likely to line up as their centre half tonight, so there may be a chance for Nathan to break through yet.

Coleman's future as manager is very uncertain, so Nathan may have to wait until changes are made. Then again I would have thought the JPT Newport game would be a good one for him to attend and cast his eye over both the brothers.
[quote][p][bold]Forevered[/bold] wrote: I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising.[/p][/quote]Gunter might be preferred because he plays for a Championship team. According to an article I read by Coleman, Gunter will win his 50th cap against Belgium tonight and expects he will win many more. He is likely to line up as their centre half tonight, so there may be a chance for Nathan to break through yet. Coleman's future as manager is very uncertain, so Nathan may have to wait until changes are made. Then again I would have thought the JPT Newport game would be a good one for him to attend and cast his eye over both the brothers. old town robin
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12:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Graham8181 says...

hopefully we will be playing Louis next season !!
hopefully we will be playing Louis next season !! Graham8181
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12:38pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Graham8181 says...

Graham8181 wrote:
hopefully we will be playing Louis next season !!
playing.....and beating
[quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: hopefully we will be playing Louis next season !![/p][/quote]playing.....and beating Graham8181
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1:31pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cleuso says...

Cost us nothing ? The costs of his development in the youth ranks doesn't come for free and is funded by STFC
Cost us nothing ? The costs of his development in the youth ranks doesn't come for free and is funded by STFC Cleuso
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11:43pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mancrobin says...

Forevered wrote:
I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising.
Agreed. Bale and Nathan are the only World class players in the Welsh squad.
[quote][p][bold]Forevered[/bold] wrote: I think Nathan is definitely better than Chris Gunter the currently Welsh right back. The lad has not had a sniff at any Welsh squad and that is surprising.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Bale and Nathan are the only World class players in the Welsh squad. mancrobin
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