Chris Hughton believes that Marcus McGuane’s permanent exit from Nottingham Forest is the right thing for the midfielder’s career.
McGuane joined Forest’s Under-23s’ from Barcelona in February 2020, and was sent on loan to Oxford United in the summer with a view to getting regular first-team football under his belt.
The 22-year-old has impressed at the Kassam Stadium this season, registering four assists in 20 League One appearances before picking up a thigh injury in January.
But Oxford, who still have hopes of finishing in the play-offs this season, confirmed the news yesterday that McGuane had joined them on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
This means that the midfielder leaves the City Ground having failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Reds.
Speaking to his press conference yesterday, Hughton reacted to McGuane’s departure and insisted that he believes it’s the right move for the midfielder at this stage of his career.
He said: “It’s a question of the two sides of it. One is our point of view and whether we think he could come back and influence our first-team.
“It’s also an opportunity for him to go to a club that want to take him, and that is the balance.
“We feel that in these circumstances that is the right thing, and also for the lad’s career, we presume he’ll go and play regularly in a team that is really pushing.
“These are the occasions where you wish the lad all the very best.”
It does seem like a bit of a strange one to let him leave after not having him in pre-season.
The club obviously don’t see McGuane is one who can make an impact next season, so from that perspective, it makes no sense to give him a place in the 25-man squad.
But he has done well in League One this season, and is a young player with a lot of potential going forward.
Forest fans will be hoping that it isn’t a case of the one that got away.