Nottingham Forest look set to recall Jorge Grant from his loan at Luton Town, despite the fact he originally signed for the season.
According to Football Insider, the Reds are looking to end the midfielder’s loan early and send him elsewhere.
Aitor Karanka is said to feel that he would benefit from continuing to play first-team football.
In short, it is unlikely that he will challenge for a place in Forest’s first-team in the second half of the season.
However, this situation could change over the summer if he impresses in his next loan move.
Grant described as a ‘wonderful’ footballer
Overall, it hasn’t been a bad season for Grant so far.
He has made 22 appearances for the Hatters, scoring four goals.
In comparison to his second spell at Notts County, it does look like a poor return.
The promising midfielder scored 19 goals in 56 appearances under the management of Kevin Nolan, albeit at a lower level.
The departure of Luton manager Nathan Jones yesterday to join Stoke City may play a part in Forest’s decision to potentially end Grant’s loan early.
Grant was held in high regard by Jones, who was full of praise for the midfielder after a win against Burton Albion in December.
Speaking to Luton Today, Jones said: “Jorge Grant give us that fluency in midfield as he’s a wonderful, wonderful footballer.
“He’s been training at a really good level.”
However, Grant has only featured once for the Hatters since then.
Therefore, it may be a wise move from the Reds to try and find Grant first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Will he ever make it into Forest’s first-team?
The more cynical Forest supporters would argue that Grant’s chances of making it into Forest’s first-team are long gone.
He has only made 17 appearances for the Reds since coming through the club’s academy.
It is fair to assume that it will probably be Grant’s last opportunity to make the breakthrough in the summer.
If he is unsuccessful, he is likely to move elsewhere on a permanent basis.
In the meantime, he will be looking to have a productive second half of the season, wherever he next ends up on loan.