Toby Edser has an uncertain future at Nottingham Forest, with the midfielder returning to the City Ground after two less-than-impressive loan moves away. His deal in the East Midlands expires in 2020 and may not be extended if he can’t prove his worth during loan spells or in the Forest reserves.
The 20-year-old joined Woking in October 2018 and spent a month with the Non-League side, making three appearances for the Cardinals. Edser joined Port Vale in January 2019 but failed to make a single appearance for the League Two outfit, making the matchday squad only twice.
He returns to Forest without proving to Martin O’Neill that he deserves a first-team spot and is likely to remain on the periphery due to the stiff competition for places – Edser finds himself behind Ryan Yates, Claudio Yacob, Ben Watson, Adlene Guedioura and Liam Bridcutt in the pecking order.
The 2019/20 season will be extremely important for Edser’s career, as he can’t afford another wasted year. O’Neill will have a decision to make this summer whether to loan the midfielder out, keep him in the reserves or give him a chance in the first-team. Time will tell what Edser’s future holds.