This Good Friday Wycombe Wanderers take on Notts County in a League Two promotion battle. The clash at Meadow Lane will see the third and fourth teams in the league clash with just seven games left to play in the regular season.
For one Wycombe player, it will also put him up against a player he feels is the best in the division – and is owned by Nottingham Forest.
Speaking to the Bucks Free Press this week Wycombe left-back Joe Jacobson was commending the efforts of Magpies on-loan midfielder Jorge Grant. The Welshman stated:
“He’s a very good player and I think he’s got the recognition he deserves this season. He’s probably been the best player in the league so I’ve got to make sure I’m on top of my game.”
High praise indeed for a player that Nottingham Forest must still harbour great hopes for.
The 23-year-old has been immense at times this season for Notts County. He has found the back of the net 18 times this term, following on from his six months on loan at the club last season when he scored six.
In total, in the season-and-a-half Grant has been at Notts County he has scored 24 goals in 64 games and become a feared midfielder in League Two.
But does he have a future at Nottingham Forest?
Before being loaned out to Notts County the midfielder did in fact sign a new contract at Forest in the summer. He agreed terms on a three-year deal at the club, of which he will have two years remaining this summer.
Surely Forest therefore plan to finally give Grant an extended run of football in the first-team.
A few months ago there would have been little question about that being the case. Grant was firing in the first half of the season, leaving Forest fans wondering why he was not at the City Ground this season.
That has not been the case since the turn of the year. Grant has simply not managed to keep up such a good run in a busy schedule which also included an FA Cup run. Grant has scored just twice in 2018 and has occasionally found himself dropped to the bench by manager Kevin Nolan.
Despite his recent dip in form Grant is clearly held in high regard in League Two. If he was not a Forest player already, and the chance came up to sign him from their local rivals, you can bet Aitor Karanka would give a deal the go-ahead.
The fact is he is a Forest player and the signing of a new deal in the summer indicated a long-term plan to remain that way.
Grant deserves a chance to finally prove himself at Forest, after years of missing out, despite his recent blip in form.