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Sabri Lamouchi has hinted that Nottingham Forest could potentially recall Albert Adomah from his loan spell at Cardiff City this week.
Adomah signed for Forest in the summer, making only five league starts before being sent out on loan to Cardiff City in the January transfer window.
Adomah has since been a key player for Cardiff, making eight appearances and helping them break into the play-off places under Neil Harris.
Speaking after his side’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday, though, Lamouchi hinted at a potential recall for Adomah.
As per Nottinghamshire Live, Lamouchi said: “The situation is clear. Albert is a Nottingham Forest player. It was a loan and the club has the right to call back the players if they want.
“I am not understanding the problem. Cardiff know everything and Albert knows everything. We are just talking between smart and clever people to do the right thing for everybody and the club.
“The club decides, not me.”
Here, the FLW team discuss the potential recall of Adomah at the City Ground…
This should be an absolute no-brainer of a decision for Forest for more than one reason.
I don’t think that Adomah should have been sent out on loan by Forest in the first place – he barely put a foot wrong during his time at the City Ground, he always looked to make a decent impact from off the bench, and his experience could be key having won promotion from the Championship before.
When you look at the impact Adama Diakhaby has made since joining Forest in January, it’s very minimal, and bringing Adomah back would certainly improve their options in my opinion.
There’s also the fact that Cardiff are right on the heels of Forest and are in contention of a top-six finish, so why would Forest let Cardiff extend Adomah’s loan deal if it helps them out in the race for promotion and potentially hinder Forest’s chances?
If they feel that they need him in the run-in then why not bring him back.
Forest are obviously looking to make the play-offs at the very least this season and I certainly think that they are going to be able to do that.
Even so, they need as much experience in these final games as they can get – even if it is just in the squad and not necessarily on the pitch.
Adomah has that in abundance and if all parties are happy for him to return to the City Ground then it could be beneficial, though I have my doubts whether he would play that much in the final weeks of the season for the Reds and Cardiff will surely fight to keep him.
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I’m not convinced they really need him, but you can understand the thinking given Cardiff’s climb through the league.
Adomah has helped Neil Harris’ side crash into the top-six and as the weeks go by, you can start to see how this group of Cardiff players are a real threat in the race for promotion.
Of course, if Forest met Cardiff, you can’t imagine that Adomah would be available to play, but he’s still impacting things in other games and might have a big say in whether the Bluebirds are the surprise package in this season’s play-offs.
As stated, Lamouchi probably doesn’t need to lean on the winger’s service, but a decision to recall him could be tactical more than anything else given Forest and Cardiff are both chasing the same dream.
I’m not surprised to hear that they’re considering this.
Adomah has impressed me out on loan with Cardiff City this season, and he’s played his part in their bid for a top-six finish in the Championship with Neil Harris’ men.
You would imagine that the Bluebirds will want to keep him in and around their starting XI from now until the end of the season, so it would be a real blow for them to lose him back to the Reds.
I’m not sure Sabri Lamouchi actually needs him back in the squad though, as Forest have better options available to them at the moment, and Adomah wouldn’t be a regular starter for the Reds in my eyes.
He could be a decent addition to have on a rotational basis though.