This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Nottingham Forest have seen a loan offer for Max Lowe knocked back by Sheffield United, sources have exclusively informed Football League World.
The Reds are short of options at full-back at the moment and it seems they’re looking to agree a deal with a Championship rival to solve that problem.
But would Lowe be a good signing? And do Forest need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
You can certainly see the logic behind this one.
It really does baffle me how Forest are still searching for a first-choice left-back despite having let go of Yuri Ribeiro, Nicholas Ioannou and Tyler Blackett this summer.
They brought in Jordi Osei-Tutu on loan from Arsenal, but the natural right-back who had to fill in at left-back is now out for several weeks due to a hamstring problem.
I rated Lowe when he was at Derby but things just haven’t seemed to work out for him at Bramall Lane and he is in need of a move away.
He’s good at going forward and steady defensively, so would be a much-needed addition for the Reds.
I think this would be an ideal signing for Forest at this precise moment as left back is a position that they need more depth in.
There’s no doubt that Lowe is good enough to thrive in the Championship, as we saw him do in abundance at Derby in the past.
He hasn’t been given a fair crack at Sheffield United and he needs to be playing more regularly in order to get his career back on track.
I could see him being a guaranteed starter if he made it to the City Ground and he is certainly a player that they need.
It’s now up to the Blades to decide whether they feel he is needed or not, with Forest waiting in the wings.
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Forest need a new left-back as a matter of urgency and Lowe would be a solid solution for Chris Hughton and his side.
He’s struggled to cement himself in the Blades team ever since his arrival from Derby County and it’s pretty evident that the 24-year-old needs a fresh start elsewhere.
Lowe is an athletic left-back who is not afraid to contribute to attacks, thus he’d be a useful addition in that respect given Forest’s slow start in-terms of goalscoring output.
For Lowe, it’s important he finds a club whereby he’s guaranteed game-time and at Forest you can envisage him becoming their man man down the left.
He has ample Championship experience and has shown he is able to adapt to the rigours and demands of this league so if Forest can strike a deal here, it’d be beneficial for all parties involved.