Position: Central Midfielder/ Right-Sided Midfielder
Age: 19 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 32(5) *
From the very raw youngster who scored on his league debut against Cheltenham last December, to the team’s key creative player in the space of a few games, Tom Bayliss enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence last season at a time when the team was still reeling from the loss of Jodi Jones. A lanky midfielder, with excellent control of the ball and the ability to glide past opponents in congested midfield areas, it has been apparent for a long time that Tom Bayliss is destined for better things and that our best chance of keeping him would be to win promotion.
Now that we’ve done so, our chances of keeping him remain in the balance, with a lot depending on how large the offers we get are and whether Bayliss is the type of personality to get his head turned by interest from bigger clubs. It makes much more sense for Tom Bayliss to stay now that we’re a League One club given that he’s unlikely – despite the talent he’s shown – to walk into a Championship side at this stage in his career and that he would be playing either under-23 football or be loaned out to this level were he to move away. Of course, money talks in football and it would only take an injury or a poor run of form for Bayliss’ value to decline from the level it’s currently at. Thus far though, Bayliss looks like the kind of special talent that our academy has produced up there with Callum Wilson and James Maddison.
*As of 15/09/2018