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…
Premier League side Nottingham Forest have entered the race for Blackburn Rovers forward Tyrhys Dolan, according to a Twitter update from talkSPORT journalist Geoff Peters.
The 20-year-old was a regular for the Lancashire outfit last term and played a part in guiding his current side to a promising top-half finish, giving them plenty of momentum going into next season.
They could be heading into the 2022/23 campaign without one of their most promising assets in Dolan though, with Forest and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic and Rangers all believed to be interested in luring him away from Ewood Park.
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Recording five goals and three assists in 36 competitive appearances last term, he arguably made more of an impact than those statistics suggest and could now be in line for a move to the top tier.
Forest are currently in need of more attacking options and with Dolan able to play across the forward line, as well as an advanced midfielder, he could be a good addition for Steve Cooper’s side as they prepare for their first season back in the top flight.
We asked three Football League World writers whether they believed he would be a good signing – and if they thought this would be a good career move for the 20-year-old.
Dolan hasn’t been on the scene for long but there have definitely been flashes of his brilliance – and the signs are there that he could get even better.
If Forest plan to let him have a go in the Premier League, then it would be an excellent move for the player personally. Anybody would want a go in the top flight if they could and the chance is there to take.
If Forest are going to keep him on the bench though, then he would likely be better staying put. Rovers can and do offer him a lot of first-team action and it would be much better for his development to keep playing.
Forest though would be doing some excellent recruitment if they could land him – because he looks like a real talent for the future.
Dolan had a strong season in the Championship with Blackburn this year as he scored four league goals and provided three assists in 34 appearances.
Therefore, with the winger still only 20-years-old, it’s easy to understand why he is attracting interest and Forest could be a good move for him.
They are clearly a club with strong ambitions as they returned to the Premier League after 23 years away but you can see Dolan having the opportunity to play regular football at the club.
Steve Cooper works well with young players and is the right type of manager if the player is looking to further his talents and progress going forward.
I think it would be a good career move as it boosts him up into the top flight but puts him in a side where he’s given the opportunity to play and therefore advance his talents.
Although Forest manager Steve Cooper has an excellent track record of getting the best out of young players, it could be argued that Dolan may find it more beneficial to stay at Blackburn for the foreseeable future.
With the Reds set to participate in the Premier League, the 20-year-old may not be ready to feature in this particular division at this stage of his career.
Furthermore, with Dolan playing in a similar role to Brennan Johnson, he is likely to be forced to watch on from the sidelines at the City Ground as the Wales international provided 28 direct goal contributions last season.
By remaining at Ewood Park, the winger could go on to make considerable strides in terms of his development in the upcoming campaign by playing regularly for Rovers in the Championship.