Manchester City are set to allow Morgan Rogers to leave the Etihad on loan this summer, with a number of Championship clubs vying for his signature as a result.
Nottingham Forest are believed to be one of those sides, having been linked with a move for the 19-year-old for over a fortnight following reports from The Athletic.
There have also been links with Premier League side Crystal Palace, as the race for the young winger’s signature hots up.
Forest have been linked with Rogers for a while now, though, as Chris Hughton continues to scan the market and looks to strengthen his squad.
Here, we take a look at the winger’s potential arrival at the City Ground:
Is it a good potential move?
Absolutely. Rogers is highly-rated by those at the Etihad, having signed the winger from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2019.
He is yet to be given his opportunity in the first-team by Pep Guardiola, but an impressive loan spell in League One with Lincoln City in the second half of last season underlined his potential and ability to improve.
Rogers made 28 appearances across all competitions for the Imps, scoring six goals and adding four assists, as well as building an impressive understanding and relationship with Forest’s Brennan Johnson in that time.
Naturally, the next step looks to be a loan move to the Championship for a player who is clearly on the ascendancy.
It’s a breath of fresh air to see Forest be linked with these kind of players who have potential, rather than those who have been there and done it. Above all, it would be an exciting addition.
Would he start?
You would probably argue that Forest aren’t exactly lacking in depth when it comes to attack-minded midfielders, and it’s perhaps their strongest area of the squad at present.
Philip Zinckernagel has chipped in with three assists in three games since arriving on loan from Watford. The Dane has added competition for the likes of Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley out wide, whilst the Reds also have Johnson and Joao Carvalho to choose from through the middle.
There is competition for places out wide, then, so whether Rogers would be a guaranteed regular starter under Chris Hughton is uncertain.
On the contrary, City will have Rogers’ best interests at heart, and are only likely to send the winger on loan to Forest if they feel he has a chance to develop and get regular minutes under his belt.
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What does he offer?
For a 19-year-old, Rogers’ physical attributes are impressive. He’s six-foot, physically strong and a very powerful runner, so first and foremost, his pace would be a key asset for Forest.
The winger is also capable of playing on either flank, and for Lincoln, who play a similar 4-2-3-1 system to Forest, he played in each of the three attacking midfield positions on more than one occasion.
Rogers chipped in with 10 goal contributions from 28 appearances last term, showing his ability to be productive in the final third. For a Forest side who were one of the lowest scorers in the division last season, that would be beneficial.
As alluded to before, Rogers’ relationship with Johnson at Lincoln was a joy to behold at times. If Forest manage to get a deal wrapped up for the attacker, they will hope that relationship can be reignited.