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Nottingham Forest look set to oversee their second departure of the January transfer window, with Jack Robinson looking set to depart for Sheffield United over the next few days.
The Reds have already bid farewell to Rafa Mir after he was recalled by parent club Wolves, but now, Robinson looks set to depart for Bramall Lane after spending a year-and-a-half at the City Ground.
The defender has been in and out of the team under Sabri Lamouchi this season, and in recent weeks, the left-back has found himself out of favour behind Yuri Ribeiro in the pecking order.
16 out of Robinson’s 19 appearances have come as a starting appearances this term, but the desire to play in the top-flight with the Blades looks set to result in a departure.
Robinson was a key player under both Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill last term, producing a string of solid performances under both managers and looking assured in defence.
But Sabri Lamouchi’s playing style involves the full-backs bombing down the flanks and joining in with attacks, which is an area of the game Robinson finds somewhat difficult.
This is something that Matty Cash, and particularly Ribeiro, love to do, with the latter even being used as a winger in various games this term due to his attacking qualities.
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The 22-year-old has made nine starting appearances in the Championship since arriving from Benfica in the summer, but has been unable to properly cement a place in the team due to injuries and other factors.
Robinson’s departure, though, could be a real platform for Ribeiro to kick on and become a really important player for Forest in the second-half of the season, as they look to win promotion.
He would be Forest’s first-choice left-back when Robinson does depart, with centre-half Chema and youngster Dan Preston likely to be their only backup options heading into the second-half of the campaign.
Playing week in, week out in his favoured position, injury-free, will be a massive weight off the shoulders for Ribeiro, who has faced his own personal challenges at Forest this term.