Aitor Karanka has played down talk of Joe Lolley leaving Nottingham Forest, amid rumours the 26-year-old is the subject of interest from Watford, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion. He’s been at the City Ground since January and finds himself as one of the Championship’s most in-form player.
As per Nottingham Live, Karanka said: “No (I’m not worried), because now he is very good but football can change a lot. The main thing is that he’s enjoying it. All of them are, but Joe is one of those who was desperate to come here. He is showing that he is enjoying it a lot.
“He had a chance maybe, or there were rumours, at the beginning of the season and he said he wanted to stay here because he came here to be successful – and he’s being successful.”
“Yes, but I have always said that for a player to leave there are always three parties – the club that wants to buy, the club that wants to sell and the player who wants to leave or to stay.”
Lolley has been in fantastic form this season, scoring and creating 12 goals in 15 league starts, in addition to dazzling supporters on a weekly basis. He scored a wonder goal and picked up four assists in Wednesday’s 5-5 draw with Aston Villa, and could contribute 20 goals come May.
The Forest winger was named PFA Championship Player of the Month for October and could find himself nominated for November as he’s been outstanding in recent weeks. His contract at the City Ground has four more years to run, but Forest may have a tough fight to convince him to stay if Watford make their interest official in January.
Forest are currently sitting sixth in the Championship with 31 points from 19 outings, enjoying a six-game unbeaten run. They can ill-afford to lose Lolley in January as it could have an adverse effect on their playoff hopes.