Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka was recently effusive in his praise of winger Joe Lolley. The 26-year-old has been in fine form recently and the Spaniard insisted he could be one of the best players in the Championship.
It seems some Premier League teams also agree. The Daily Mail recently reported that Watford and Cardiff City are keen on the player, rated at £5 million. The report also suggested that West Brom are keen on the player.
“He can be one of the best players in this division, because he is showing everyone, every week, what he can do.
“When you have players like him and the team is doing well, it is much better for the team.”
Which makes his arrival nearly a year ago an absolute bargain. As reported by the Nottingham Post, the Reds paid a fee in the region of £500,000 for the player. That is quite the turnaround from the former Kidderminster Harriers attacker.
This season, his form has justified the Premier League interest.
With seven goals and seven assists from 24 appearances for Nottingham Forest this term, he is deserving of all the praise he is currently getting. The fact Nottingham Forest might now be able to cash in for a £4.5 million profit must also be praised.
However, Nottingham Forest must resist such an offer. They are in the mass play-off shakeup in the Championship this term and to finish in the top six a player of Lolley’s class must remain at the City Ground.
But what a bargain piece of business from the club.