Nottingham Forest have, obviously, been hit-and-miss this season and that goes for defensive midfielder Pele too. Indeed, he looks to be leaving, but that’s not such bad news if the club can capture Jack Colback instead.
Pele has played seven times since arriving on loan in January from Monaco, but nobody’s really sure just how good he is because he’s been so inconsistent. Recently, he dropped a hint on Instagram that he won’t be returning next season, but that won’t bother fans at all.
Jack Colback is an experienced midfielder with bags of consistency. You know what you’re getting from the Sunderland academy graduate, especially in the Championship. He’s played 38 games this season and has proved he’s worth signing permanently from Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez has left him out in the cold at St James’ Park but the Forest faithful love his work-rate and desire. Forest do have an option-to-buy clause in the loan deal according to Transfermarkt, so they could active that to claim the £2.7m-rated Englishman.
He’s shown he’s better than Pele since January and he should be rewarded for fighting off a challenger for his position. He’s the last man standing and that deserves a permanent contract even if other players are brought in around him. Indeed, any Reds fan would be mad not to rate him after his exploits at the City Ground.
The 29-year-old is in his peak, and he has the experience to lead Forest to the play-offs next term. They’ll be hurting from missed opportunities this campaign, so that means Colback will be raring to right some wrongs next term.
Surely, it’s a no-brainer.
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