Zach Clough could be set for a loan move to Scotland in a bid to get first-team football.
The Nottingham Forest youngster hasn’t featured so far this season under Aitor Karanka, and the club are keen to send him out on loan to get more experience.
Scottish Premiership duo Aberdeen and Hibernian are said to be keen on taking the £3m man before the window closes at the end of the month, according to the Scottish Sun.
So is a loan move north of the border a good move for Clough?
If he’s not going to play at Forest then the best thing to do is get him some regular game time. The fact is he won’t be getting enough minutes to keep fit and sharp should he be required.
The SPL is an interesting destination because players can thrive up there with less pressure and, to be fair, lesser opposition.
It could be just what Clough needs, a spell in another division scoring goals and gaining confidence, whether that is to secure a move away or fight for a Forest first team spots.
Yes, I think a loan move is necessary for Clough at this stage of his career.
There is clearly a talented player in there, as he showed at Bolton with plenty of goals despite his young age.
The 23-year-old hasn’t really kicked on at Nottingham Forest as he’d have hoped and he is better off seeking a loan move rather than wasting away in the reserves.
A move to the Scottish Premiership could see Clough rediscover his goal scoring touch and terrorise defenders in Scotland.
He’s a good player but he’s not going to be playing for Forest any time soon, let’s be honest.
The Reds have too many attacking players in his position and so it’s time for him to look elsewhere for minutes.
With the influx of players, of course, he does.
Thirteen signings means Clough’s chances in the Forest first team will be slim and if the midfielder wants to play regularly, he is going to have to leave the City Ground to get that.
He has talent but since his move from Bolton to Forest, that form has not been seen.
Maybe a loan will help him get back to his best.
It’s fair to say the 23-year-old’s career has stalled since arriving at the City Ground.
It is evident he does not feature in Aitor Karanka’s first-team plans so loaning him out would be the best move for all parties.
Clough could revitalise his career in Scotland, and come back a new player.