Port Vale manager John Askey has offered Nottingham Forest fans an insight into what type of player young midfielder Jake Taylor is.

The Valiants boss took the Forest academy graduate on loan back in August and he has told Stoke on Trent Live all about the youngster.

A 21-year-old box-to-box player, Askey has also claimed that he would be keen to take Taylor on loan until the end of the season, with his current deal due to expire in January.

The highly-rated academy man has played eight times for Port Vale, helping the club to 10th in League Two.

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Askey is already thinking about January and would dearly like Taylor to stay.

He told Stoke on Trent Live: “He has done enough that you would want to keep him for another six months. The problem you have got is that if someone is doing well then teams from higher leagues might want to take him.

“What the situation then becomes is, if he does go to a higher league then would he get the games he would get at Port Vale? Would he have the same game time and would he enjoy it as much as a player?

“He has done really well, I think everyone can see that and hopefully he will keep progressing. He does things like when he drops his shoulder and lets the ball run past him and gets into good areas which a lot of other players can’t do.


“Now he looks capable of scoring goals but not only that but he works hard for the team and wins the ball back as well.”

Seat Pitch Summary – Taylor the latest to excel on loan

Nottingham Forest are proving to be pretty useful when it comes to bolstering the squads of League One and Two clubs.

Taylor looks like being the latest academy prospect to benefit from a temporary stint in the Football League and that can only bode well for the Reds.

The 21-year-old may well have missed the boat when it comes to having an impact on the Forest first-team. His form at Port Vale, however, is proving that he has what it takes to play lower down the Football League.

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Years ago Matty Cash and Joe Worrall went on loan to Dagenham and Redbridge and they have thrived since their return.

More recently players like Tyler Walker, Jorge Grant, Virgil Gomis and Jayden Richardson have benefited from loan spells, earning invaluable minutes playing men’s football.

Taylor is bang in form for the Valiants and his quality is once again symbolic of the work being done by Gary Brazil at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

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