In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Here are reports on a trio of Nottingham Forest players currently out on loan, with goals, heavy defeats and draws all on the agenda as these Reds endure mixed weeks whilst earning valuable minutes for their respective loan clubs.
Virgil Gomis started and played the full 90 minutes in Macclesfield Town’s 4-0 loss at home to Kingstonians in the first round of the FA Cup.
The loss was extended the club’s unbeaten run to three games across all competitions as first-team players continued their strike over unpaid wages (via BBC).
Tyler Walker scored a goal as Lincoln City held League One rivals Ipswich Town to a 1-1 draw in the first round of their FA Cup tie.
The 23-year-old loanee scored the opening goal of the game for the Imps as he struck after a cross from Bruno Andrade (via BBC). It was his ninth goal in his 20th appearance for the League Two club (via Transfermarkt).
Walker showed a willingness to get in behind the Ipswich defence, having been caught offside the most number of times and having the second-joint most shots on goal for his side (via WhoScored).
Luke Steele’s loan spell provided more of the same for the ‘keeper as he sat on the bench for Millwall’s 2-1 win over south London rivals Charlton Athletic.
The Lions won the game deep into stoppage time after Matt Smith struck home a header after c0rner from Jed Wallace (via BBC).
Steele has made just two appearances for the club since his loan move from the City Ground with both of them coming in the Carabao Cup (via Transfermarkt).
Walker has enjoyed a brilliant spell with Lincoln this season, and could possibly force his way into the Forest squad next season. Lewis Grabban is already 31-years-old and will need replacing in the near future, giving the 23-year-old hope of securing a regular starting place as he has shown he has the quality in front of goal.
Meanwhile, Virgil Gomis is in the midst of a crisis with Macclesfield. The longer the first-team players aren’t paid, the longer the strike goes on, meaning the loan spell will be meaningless for the 20-year-old. To have any chance to progress his career, Forest need to cancel the loan spell and let him move to another club, which will provide him with a stable environment to thrive in.
Steele’s spell at Millwall is proving a waste of time after just two appearances all season. He will be hoping for an injury to starting ‘keeper Bartosz Białkowski in order to secure a starting spot this campaign.
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