Zac Thompson

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Not to be confused with Zach Thompson.
Zac Thompson
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Thompson playing for Leeds United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Zac Joseph Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Higher End, Wigan, Greater Manchester
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 22
Youth career
Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Leeds United 9 (0)
2012–2013 Bury (loan) 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:06, 3 May 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Zac Joseph Thompson (Born 5 January 1993) is an English footballer who plays for Leeds United as a central midfielder but can also play as a right back. Thompson previously had a loan spell at Bury.


Early Life[edit]

Byrchall High School[edit]

From 2004 to 2009, Thompson attended Byrchall High School in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, where he completed his GCSEs.

Career[edit]

Everton Academy[edit]

Born in Higher End, Wigan in Greater Manchester, Thompson started his career at Premier League side Everton in the youth teams, joining aged 12 in 2005. He signed as a scholar after leaving school in the summer of 2009 but left eighteen months later after failing to earn a professional contract with the Toffees.[3] He was offered the opportunity to join newly promoted Championship outfit Leeds United on trial by their manager Simon Grayson in late 2010.[4]

Leeds United[edit]

After a successful trial, Thompson signed for Leeds on his first professional contract in January 2011, initially for six months.[5][6][7] He played 19 games for Leeds for the reserves and youth team both before and after his trial period in 2010–11 and was rewarded with a 12-month extension to his current deal in April.[8] The departure of key senior midfielders Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson on free transfers to Bristol City and Norwich City respectively during the summer of 2011 would allow Thompson to stake a claim for a first team spot for United's second full season back in the second tier of English football.[9][10]

In the 2011–12 pre-season, he broke through to Leeds first team, playing in several games for Leeds first team during the 2011–12 pre-season friendlies.[11] He was named as an unused substitute against Bradford City on 9 August 2011 and made his debut four days later after coming on as a substitute for Robert Snodgrass in Leeds' 1–0 loss against Middlesbrough.[12][13][14] Thompson made his full debut for Leeds on 23 August when he started against Doncaster Rovers in a 2–1 League Cup victory.[15] After becoming a regular in Leeds' matchday squads, at the start of September, Thompson suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out for six-weeks.[16]

After a promising start to the new season, Thompson was rewarded with a two-year deal midway through October.[17] Thompson returned to the first team in the new year, making his first league start for Leeds against Burnley in a 2–1 victory on 2 January, playing in central midfield before being moved to right back after an injury to Patrick Kisnorbo.[18] He retained his place in the starting line for the remaining four games of January, including an impressive defensive display away against Arsenal in the FA Cup, as Leeds slipped to a narrow 1–0 defeat after a late Thierry Henry strike.[19] The last game of this run coincided with Simon Grayson's final game as manager before being sacked on the final day of the month; a 4–1 home defeat to Birmingham City on a January transfer deadline day that saw Leeds recruit competition for Thompson in the form of Tottenham Hotspur's youngster Adam Smith on loan.[20][21] Thompson lost his place to Smith in the following game and caretaker manager Neil Redfearn first match in charge in what was a comfortable 3–0 victory away to Bristol City.[22] Thompson would find his opportunities limited for the rest of the season whilst Leeds appointed former Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock to replace Grayson.[23]

After the expiration of Leeds' slim hopes of making the Play-Offs, Thompson returned to the first-team and made his first appearance under Warnock on 6 April 2012 away to Reading.[24] He lasted 13 minutes in the game before being given a straight red card for a lunging challenge on Jobi McAnuff as a resilient Leeds side went down 0-2 to two late goals from Adam Le Fondre.[25] He would cap his first professional senior with two further starts in a draw and a defeat against Cardiff City and Leicester City.[26][27]

After appearing for the team in the pre-season summer 2012 schedule, Thompson found himself on the fringes of the squad for Warnock's first full season in charge as fellow young prospect Sam Byram leapfrogged him in the pecking order for the right sided position. Nevertheless, he made his first appearance of the 2012–13 season as a substitute in a League Cup match against Oxford United on 28 August as Leeds ran out 3–0 winners.[28] Thompson signed a new three-year deal at the club on 2 October, with manager Neil Warnock predicting a bright future for the player at the club whilst reiterating the need for Thompson to gain valuable match experience from a loan spell in the lower leagues.[29]

Bury loan move[edit]

On 15 October 2012, Thompson and fellow team-mate Dominic Poleon joined League One side Bury in a month-long loan deal.[30] Both youngsters would be working under the newly appointed Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, who had a seventeen year association with Warnock as player and coach between 1986 and 2003 and had managed Thompson's parent club between 2004 and 2006.[31] He was assigned the number 33 shirt and made his debut for the Shakers in the home game versus Carlisle United.[32] He scored his first professional goal from a Poleon assist in the game on the 36th minute as Bury registered a 1–1 draw after conceding a late equaliser.[33] The energy and commitment of the youngsters lead to instant praise from Blackwell after the game; observing that "the two young lads from Leeds were absolutely out on their feet after that. For them, the warm up matters, every time they train matters, when they travel in - it matters and I'm really pleased with both of them, the whole team."[34]

In the following game versus Yeovil Town at Huish Park, Thompson was given a straight red card on 27 minutes after a two-footed lunge on Keanu Marsh-Brown as ten-men Bury went down 2–1.[35] It was the second time in only nine professional starts that the youngster had received a straight red card.[36] He missed the following three games through suspension, including the FA Cup 1st round victory over Exeter City.[37]

Thompson's loan at Bury was further extended on 19 November until the 3 January 2013 and then again till the end of the season later that month.[38] Despite being in the Bury side that suffered relegation to League 2, Thompson's own impressive performances earned him the Bury Young Player of The Year Award at the clubs end of season awards.[39]

Return to Leeds[edit]

Thompson was named in the starting lineup for Leeds in their final game of the 2012-13 season, against Watford. However an unforeseen clause in his loan deal at Bury forced his replacement by Michael Brown prior to kickoff. The game ended as a 2-1 victory for the Yorkshire side.[40]

Honours[edit]

Personal[edit]

* Bury Young Player Of The Season Award 2012–13

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 December 2012.[41]
Season Club Loan Division League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2012–13 Bury Loan League One 19 1 2 1 1 0 22 2 1 1
2012–13 Leeds United Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2011–12 Championship 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0 0 1
Leeds United Total 8 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 1
Career Total 28 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 33 2 1 2

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