Nottingham Forest shouldn’t be overthinking the decision to make Jack Colback’s loan move permanent.
The midfielder is back at the City Ground after spending the 2017/18 campaign on loan from Newcastle United.
He made 16 appearances for the club last term following his arrival in January and scored one goal.
Clearly, he impressed enough to prompt club officials to launch a second loan move for him in July but he hasn’t won round the entire Forest fanbase just yet – although his performance against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday has opened the eyes of some.
It was Colback’s seventh Championship appearance of the season for the club, suggesting that he certainly has the trust of manager Aitor Karanka.
Versus Sheffield Wednesday
Colback was combative and hardworking and used the ball nicely when in possession.
He snapped into tackles fairly, providing Forest with the edge in the midfield battle.
His determination appeared to be felt by his teammates, and Forest as a collective were great in what was only their second league victory of the season.
It was evident, as has been the case in other games, that Colback is not afraid to do the dirty work, and this will be invaluable to Forest over the course of the season.
Forest must sign him permanently
Colback has an ‘option to buy’ clause inserted into his loan deal and Forest shouldn’t be thinking twice about it.
His career at Newcastle seems all but over after a falling out with Rafael Benitez.
The Reds should therefore seek to capitalise on this and make sure they don’t lose him. He would not be short of suitors in the Championship.
He has been quite divisive since pitching up at the City Ground, with some of the opinion that he can be inconsistent and that he doesn’t work well with Ben Watson.
But for his grit and commitment alone, Forest must move to sign him up permanently at the earliest available opportunity.