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 made an underwhelming start to the 2020/21 Championship season.
However, ever since the arrival of Chris Hughton following the sacking of Sabri Lamouchi, the Reds have gone unbeaten and are starting to look up rather than down.
As is the inflated nature of the current Forest side, there are certain individuals who are struggling to get consistent game-time.
One who falls into that category is talented youngster Alex Mighten who is highly-rated at the City Ground, though is finding it hard to cement a spot in the starting XI as a result of the plethora of wingers available to Hughton.
So, with January approaching, should Forest consider loaning out Mighten for the second half of the season?
The team here at FLW discuss….
It could be a possibility.
If Forest do end up signing Kamil Grosicki, then that means that they would have four experienced wingers on the books in Sammy Ameobi, Joe Lolley, Anthony Knockaert and Grosicki.
As much as Alex Mighten is a talent, he has a huge amount of potential and he needs to be playing regularly to fulfil that potential, so what good is it going to do him if he is sat on the bench week in, week out?
We have seen Brennan Johnson thrive out on loan in League One for Lincoln City this term, and he has gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of Michael Appleton.
Mighten would be keen to follow in his footsteps if he does go out on loan, and maybe a loan move to League One in the second-half of the campaign would be beneficial for him.
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I think it could be worth letting Mighten go out on loan.
The striker hasn’t got a great deal of experience at senior level, and he could benefit from playing more first-team football in terms of his development, in order to allow him to compete for regular football further down the line in his career.
As a result, this is certainly an opportunity that could suit him, particularly if he can start scoring goals at a level further down the pyramid, which would likely be a welcome boost for his confidence as well, something which would help him in the future.
Given the potential he possesses, it would also be no surprise to see the interest in taking Mighten on loan emerge from elsewhere, meaning this would be an agreement that could well work for all parties concerned.
If he’s not going to play then absolutely.
One thing that’s frustrated me about Forest in the last few seasons has been their insistence of piling a load of new senior players into their squad every transfer window.
It stunts the growth of players like Mighten, who probably feel like they shouldn’t be too far away from the first-team picture.
Ultimately, that’s going to continue as you constantly chop and change your first-team boss, so in my eyes, it makes sense to offer players like Mighten a chance to impress elsewhere.
A six month loan seems to be the right option ahead of January.