Tuesday night brought disappointment for George Friend and Middlesbrough, as the Teesiders crashed out of the play-offs after a tepid 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
Condemned to another season in the Championship, Friend should move to Nottingham Forest and reunite with former boss Aitor Karanka in order to fire Forest to promotion.
The signing of the 30-year-old Englishman would offer Karanka a top-quality full-back who has Premier League and Championship experience.
Friend played under Karanka from 2013-2017, enjoying numerous fruitful seasons as Boro thrived under the Spaniard’s direction.
The full-back played an integral role in Boro’s dominant 2015/16 promotion campaign, featuring 40 times as the club finished second in the league.
The acquisition of the experienced defender would be welcomed at the City Ground due to Forest’s lack of depth in the left back position.
According to a column written by former Nottingham Forest player Kenny Burns, the left back position has been a worry for the club all season long.
Ben Osborn has deputised well, but is not a defender by trade, and Juan Rafael Fuentes’ performances were mediocre before he suffered a serious injury in late April against Barnsley.
It is clear that Nottingham Forest need a consistent, experienced left-back, and George Friend would be the perfect summer signing.
The influence of Karanka could prove crucial in prying the defender away from the Riverside Stadium, as the two have a close relationship thanks to their time at Boro together.
If Forest can secure the services of the Middlesbrough defender, then a promotion push might not be out of the question next season.
ddWith an experienced and impressive player like George Friend, Karanka’s side would be set to challenge for the top-six.