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‘They would be daft to let him go’ – Nottingham Forest man emerges as target for Championship side: Six Pointer

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According to reputable journalist Alan Nixon, Wigan Athletic are interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa this summer.

The Latics are on the lookout for a new right-back, with Chelsea youngster Reece James returning to the Premier League after a hugely impressive loan spell at the DW Stadium last term.

It is claimed that Paul Cook’s side have made an enquiry for Darikwa, who still has two years left on his existing contract at the City Ground.

The 27-year-old was a regular for Forest last season, and recently represented Zimbabwe in their African Cup of Nations campaign.

Here, FLW writer George Harbey discusses this potential transfer in today’s six pointer…

Firstly, how did Darikwa get on last season?

“Despite strong competition from the likes of Sam Byram and Saidy Janko at right-back, Darikwa made a total of 31 appearances for Forest in all competitions last season.

“He started the season off as a regular for Aitor Karanka, but saw his game-time become somewhat limited in the latter stages of the campaign, with Byram returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“All in all, he was a consistently solid performer for the Reds, who barely put a foot wrong all season long.”

Surprised to see Wigan interested?

“It doesn’t come as a surprise to see Wigan looking for a new right-back, and by all accounts, Paul Cook has other plans for his side if he can’t lure Darikwa away from the City Ground.

“The same tweet from Nixon claims that they are also holding an interest in former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, so it’s an area of the pitch that the Latics are definitely looking to strengthen.

“Reece James has left massive shoes to fill, but a more experienced option looks to be on Cook’s transfer radar this summer.”

Can you see Forest letting him go?

“I think they would be daft to let him go.

“At present, Forest do not have any other right-backs at the club, so letting him leave would be a very surprising decision at this moment of time.

“Matty Cash has been used as a right-back in pre-season, but it isn’t his most natural position currently, so it would be seen as a somewhat risk if Sabri Lamouchi were to go into the new season with him at right-back.

“Darikwa also has two years left on his contract at the City Ground, so they have really don’t have any reason to get rid of the former Chesterfield man.”

How should Forest fans be feeling about this potential departure?

“Darikwa is a player that has divided opinions at the City Ground over the last couple of years.

“He is a very athletic full-back, who loves to bomb down the right-hand flank with his pace and power.

“Defensively, he sometimes gets exposed, but which full-back in the Championship doesn’t make mistakes or come up short against a talented winger?”

How should Wigan fans be feeling about this potential arrival?

“Darikwa is certainly a different type of player to Reece James, not just because of his age, but also because of his playing style too.

“James could play in central defence or even in defensive midfield if needs be, and you’ll struggle to find a young player like him be so versatile and mature in the early years of his career.

“Darikwa, though, is a natural full-back who doesn’t really play anywhere else, but he would definitely bring a lot of experience and athleticism to the team.”

Is Darikwa replaceable?

“Darikwa is definitely replaceable if Forest were to get rid of him.

“He is a solid full-back, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he were to depart the City Ground.

“With two years left on his contract, Forest would get a decent enough fee for him, and it could allow Lamouchi to re-sign Byram, or explore other options if needs be.”


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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