Nottingham Forest youngster Jayden Richardson was handed a rare chance to shine during his loan spell with Exeter City last night.
The 19-year-old signed for the Grecians in August on a deal that will see him stay at St James’ Park for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign.
Prior to last night just two of his five first-team appearances for the promotion hopefuls had been from the start. Boss Matt Taylor did hand him another opportunity against Scunthorpe United, however.
Two former Reds put Exeter to the sword. James Perch and Jamie Ward both scored for the Iron before Alex Gilliead put the seal on a decent victory.
It represented the second defeat on the spin for Exeter who have now slipped to sixth in the League Two table.
From a Forest perspective, however, it was positive to see Richardson complete 90 minutes for his temporary club.
The academy right-back actually started the 2019/20 campaign flirting with a place in Sabri Lamouchi’s first-team.
He was on the bench for games against West Bromwich Albion in the Championship and Fleetwood Town but as of yet, he has failed to take his bow for the senior ranks.
Richardson was given a rating of 6.0 by football statistics website Who Scored. They also confirmed he made two tackles during the game which saw him operate on the right of a five-man midfield.
The role which is being forced to operate isn’t common knowledge as such to the youngster and with more game time he will surely get better.
Coming through the ranks at Forest he has been more accustomed to playing as an out-and-out full-back and Taylor’s system at Exeter is something he will need to adapt to.
He was dispossessed three times last night but did make 14 accurate passes and dribbled past the opposition on two occasions.
Playing football is paramount for Richardson. There is a real sense that he can come back to the City Ground next season and challenge for a place in the first-team.
The more games he plays in his new role, the better he will get and that will add another string to his bow ready for his return to Trentside for the 2020/21 campaign.