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 wins, losses and a return to action all on the agenda as these Reds endure mixed weeks whilst earning valuable minutes for their respective loan clubs.
Virgil Gomis wasn’t in the matchday squad for Macclesfield Town’s 0-0 draw with Mansfield Town last weekend.
It was just the fifth time this season the Nottingham Forest loanee had missed a League Two fixtures for the Silkmen, having made an appearance in 11 of the previous 15 games this season (via Transfermarkt).
Liam Bridcutt returned from his fractured collarbone and played the full 90 minutes to help Bolton Wanderers to a stoppage-time win over Milton Keynes Dons.
Daryl Murphy struck a 93rd minute winner after a cross from Luke Murphy as the Trotters moved into positive points for the first time this season (via BBC).
Bridcutt was at the heart of everything in midfield, completing the most passes and the most tackles in a well-rounded midfield display (via WhoScored).
Tyler Walker came off the bench in the final ten minutes of Lincoln City’s FA Cup replay against Ipswich Town as the Imps lost 1-0 thanks to Alan Judge’s 90th-minute goal.
The result extended the club’s poor run of form, with Michael Appleton’s side having won just one of their last eight games across all competitions.
Gomis’ progression at Macclesfield isn’t going to plan with the young forward yet to score for the League Two side. His lack of starts is also a worry as Forest must look to recall the Frenchman and loan him elsewhere so he racks up more consistent starts to aid his progression.
Meanwhile, Bridcutt’s return to injury could well boost Bolton’s chances of completing an unlikely escape, however, any hope of a return to the City Ground’s side is dashed due to the good form of side in the Championship.
Walker remains a curious case, despite being 23-years-old, he has been in good enough form to warrant a return to Nottinghamshire to challenge for a first-team place. He has seven goals and two assists in 16 league appearances, showing the quality he possesses.
Forest fans, what do you make of the three players out on loan? Let us know your thoughts!
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