Date: 2nd July 2019 at 6:56am
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A lot of the focus on Nottingham Forest the past couple of days has been on who is coming and going off the pitch.

However, let’s not forget that there’s also set to be some movement on the pitch too. Journalist Alan Nixon is reporting that League Two side Oldham Athletic are poised to make a run at signing 24-year-old forward Zach Clough, with The Sun (via The Nottingham Post) stating that it is likely to be a loan move.

It’s set to be a familiar recurrence for Clough who spent the majority of last season at Rochdale, where he had a less than satisfactory return with just one goal and one assist during his time at Spotland, both of which came in his first game, a 2-1 win over Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Zach Clough was seen as a rising star during his days at Bolton, both in their fight to stay in the Championship in 2015/16 and then during their push for promotion from League One in 2016/17, winning player of the month for October along the way. In fact, it was the goals in the first half of that campaign that saw him move to the City Ground in January 2017.

Things started brightly for him, he firmly endeared himself to the Forest supporters for his goal in the early stages of the East Midlands Derby, which he celebrated by shushing the traveling Derby fans. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan since that day for him. Since getting off to that impressive start when he first joined the club, he just hasn’t been able to repeat the form that earned him the move and has found himself frozen out, relegated to a primarily substitute role, before finding himself loaned out to Rochdale.

It’s come to the stage where I think Forest need to just cut their losses and be done with Clough. His time at the club is over, he just isn’t producing at the rate he should for it to be worth holding on to him. If this is indeed a loan move coming up, then they need to include a ‘with an option to buy’ clause in there as well.

The fact that he’s gone from being loaned to a League One team to now being linked with a League Two team shows how his career is going backward, there’s no point in hanging on to someone who is essentially dead weight at this stage. And with reports coming in that new boss Lamouchi is looking at players from his former teams to help bolster the side, the writing is on the wall for Zach Clough that it’s time to step away from the City Ground.

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2 Replies to “Loan deal should be final move for underperforming 24-year-old – opinion”

  • It’s a shame, tbh. He showed a lot of promise, when he first came into the club. A young hungry player, that would chase every thing. I will never forget his goal against the 5cum, he just needed to bulk up a bit. As he got nudged off the ball to easily. After Warbo lost his job, he seemed to be less interested, same thing happened with Cummings. Although with Cummings, it was his attitude.
    Anyway, I would’ve loved him to have succeeded!! Just to chant his name lol. Good luck to the lad, onwards and upwards. COYR!

  • Agree with Forest Ranger’s comments. Loved the sight of him when he joined. Bundles of energy and enthusiasm. That goal will live in eternity. However these very traits were also his undoing. Ran himself to the ground in the first and unable to keep up the pace in the 2nd. And the enthusiasm eventually made him look like a headless chicken.
    But we all wanted him to succeed coming in that age. What more with a name like Clough at The City Ground. Perhaps he wasn’t really given a fair chance after Warburton left, but then again he didn’t really light up with the loans to lower tier clubs.
    Only a handful of players who leave the club, do we really wish to do better than their time here. Clough is one that handful.

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