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Introducing: The talent O’Neill must target regardless of Lolley’s situation, Gavin Whyte

Introducing: The talent O’Neill must target regardless of Lolley’s situation, Gavin Whyte

He would be a fantastic addition to the attacking ranks at the City Ground, right? Gavin Whyte may only have experienced one season of English football, but he certainly made it one to remember for himself and the Oxford United fans.

It was never going to be an easy transition at just 22 from Irish Premier League side Crusaders, the only team he had played for with prior to his move to Oxford, however, he adapted very well to the U’s, netting nine times and providing seven assists across all competitions in his opening season.

That kind of form will catch potential the eyes of potential suitors. It comes as no surprise to see that the Belfast Telegraph via the Nottingham Post have reported that Forest are said to have tabled a £2m bid for the Northern Ireland international. It makes perfect sense.

Finally, Forest are making sense. Makes a change.

Regardless of what happens with the Joe Lolley (linked away by the Sun on Sunday via HITC) situation, Martin O’Neill and those behind the scenes should do all they can to bring Whyte to the City Ground. Indeed, he has the raw talent and willingness to use his pace to make runs in behind that many coaches adore, as they can then develop the player to fit their style of play.

If Lolley is to stay, Whyte may have to bide his time on the bench and try to be as impactful as possible in his appearances to compete with the 26-year-old and Matty Cash for a starting role. If Lolley was to move on from Forest though, the door is wide open for Whyte to attempt to take over the starting right-wing berth and make it his own in the coming years.

So either way, the Reds are in for a treat if they were to seal a move for him.

All in all, for such a relatively small fee, Whyte could have a huge impact on the club so it may be looked upon in time as a very astute bit of business in the coming years.

Reds, would you back a move for Whyte? Would that be £2m well spent, in your eyes? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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