Joe Lolley is not in the business of setting personal targets at Nottingham Forest, but what should he be looking to achieve this season?

It has taken a couple of weeks for the 26-year-old to hit his stride in 2019-20.

With so much expected of him, the odd dip will always draw more attention than the heroics.

He is, however, up and running in the goal and assist stakes.

One of each was delivered in a 3-0 win over Birmingham.

A boyhood Aston Villa could not have handpicked a better opponent in which to break his duck.

The hope for all concerned will be that the floodgates have opened.

Lolley will have to go some in order to better his efforts from last season, but the bar should be set high.


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He has said in the Nottingham Post: “I haven’t really made any targets. I don’t like to make such targets, or give myself goals in that respect.

“I just try to concentrate on hopefully playing well and staying in the team, and winning as a team.

“If I can score goals and make assists, that will help and they will come as long as everything else is in place.

“Personally, I don’t like to set myself many targets.”

In 2018-29, Lolley contributed 11 goals and as many assists.

To reach double figures on both counts is an impressive achievement.

One that few second tier rivals can claim to have matched.

The question is, though, can he get any better?

Lolley should be approaching his peak, rather than be past it, so there is the promise of more to come.

He is certainly a player that excels once up to full speed and brimming with confidence.

No less than 100 per cent will ever be given to the collective cause, but his mercurial skill set is the kind which can boom or bust.



Lolley has been able to steer clear of the treatment table throughout his time on Trentside, so should expect to figure prominently from this point.

It remains to be seen whether he will retain penalty-taking duties.

Lewis Grabban fluffed his lines a few too many times from 12 yards last season and was dropped down the pecking order as a result.

When a referee next points to the spot, it will be interesting to see who steps up.

If Lolley gets the nod, then there is every reason to believe that 10 goals as a minimum is another very achievable target.

Given the game time he will see and the creativity he possesses, a regular stream of assists should also be expected.

Eleven was the mark last season and, while he may not want targets, matching that return would appear to be a good place to start.

After all, there ain’t nobody…

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