Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley is the Lionel Messi of the Championship. That is according to team-mate Alexander Milosevic, who has been speaking to the Nottingham Post.

Lolley has been in stunning form for the Reds this season. He has 11 goals and 11 assists to his name in all competitions and might well be crowned Player of the Season before Sunday’s game with Bolton Wanderers.

Swedish defender Milosevic arrived on Trentside shortly after the January transfer window on a free transfer. He has been impressed with a lot of his new colleagues but Lolley stands out.

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Speaking to the Nottingham Post, he said: “When I speak to my friends about Joe Lolley, I tell them that he is the Messi of the Championship. He is just fantastic and a great person too.”

The 27-year-old has been in fine form since penning terms at the City Ground, with supporters surprised with how well he has taken to Championship football.

He believes that playing each day against the likes of Lolley has put him in good shape to tackle the Championship head on.

Milosevic continued: “I think as defenders it’s good for us to face such players every day because it means we get better ourselves.

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“If we are playing against Joe every day, there is not much more that can be thrown at you in the Championship, is there?”

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Milosevic’s comments are high praise indeed for Lolley.

Whilst he is clearly not close to being in the same bracket as Messi it is easy to understand where the Forest defender is coming from.

More often than not this season Lolley has grabbed a game by the scruff of the neck and produced that moment of magic that has been required.

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His goals and assists ratio is fantastic and it is somewhat baffling that the various Team of the Year compilations that are doing the rounds have missed Lolley out.

He has been far and away Forest’s most consistent performer in terms of contributing to goals and the Reds will hope for more of the same next season.

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