Rams star's recall baffles Pool boss

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Neil McDonald has described Derby’s decision to recall Kwame Thomas as a ‘little strange’.

The Championship side stunned Blackpool this time last week by activating an option in their loan agreement with the Seasiders which saw Thomas cut short his six-month loan deal.

Thomas played 18-times during his spell at Bloomfield Road and while he failed to find the net was beginning to make progress in attack.

But after starting three games on the bounce in attack, Derby boss Paul Clement made the call to take him back.

It’s something which McDonald said he accepted, but failed to understand fully.

“They had the option to take him back and we abide by that,” said the Blackpool boss.

“We thank them for letting us have him.

“It seems a little strange that it took him a while to get into the team, he finally does and they take him back.

“I am not going to criticise Derby. We bring players here to try and develop and improve them.

“Players will only improve by playing first team football and that’s what we were allowing him to do.”

The 20-year-old had made just eight senior appearances at Derby and on loan at Notts County before arriving at Blackpool this summer.

Often clubs recall a player due to injury crisis or player shortage, but many were surprised to see Thomas return only to be named in the club’s U21 side the following weekend.

While McDonald says he doesn’t really know why Derby made the decision, he insisted Thomas had been enjoying life.

He said: “There was no indication to suggest the player was unhappy.

“He was pleased with all the work we were doing with him.

“He’s been patient and had got himself into the team over the last three or four games.

“He was contributing, but it’s up to Derby.”

Thomas and Derby have remained quiet on the issue as yet, the player did turn to Twitter to thank Blackpool and their players.

And it certainly didn’t sound like he was unhappy.

He said: “Thank you to everyone at Blackpool FC.

“No matter what is said on the outside, is a great club, I wish everyone success for rest of the season.”