I thought that all the club matters would die down during the international break, looks like I was wrong.
I spoke yesterday in the aftermath of Kenny Burn’s article over the weekend about Forest letting go of Daryl Murphy that I thought Brennan Johnson should be given a chance in the first team. In the piece, Kenny Burns wrote:
“I would have kept Murphy around though. Forest have just two strikers in the first team – Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir. For me, Mir is not good enough based on the evidence of his performances so far this season. Murphy is no spring chicken, but he could do different things to Grabban and Mir well.”
However, there is yet another man that Burns has forgotten about and that is Zach Clough.
I did write back in the summer that I thought Clough should be gone from Forest after his less than impressive goal return for the club. However for one reason or another, the club wasn’t able to find a suitable team for him to go to at the end of the transfer window so he finds himself relegated to the U23s where he just happened to find himself on the scoresheet for them yesterday as they beat Ipswich Town 3-1.
Has this given Clough a bit of a lifeline when it comes to his time at Forest?
I think it has. Whilst he’s at the club, he’s still very much in Lamouchi’s peripheral vision. Whilst I did say that Brennan Johnson should be given some game time, at the same time it might be worth looking for a more experienced Championship player to lead the line instead. And whilst his form in the second division isn’t that great, if he can continue his development in the U23s, start scoring goals there and getting his confidence up, who knows, we might just be able to find some use for him.
What do you think? Do you think the club managed to get away with it somewhat by not finding a partner to sell Clough to? Or do you think he’s just wasting valuable space in the U23s right now?