Nottingham Forest youngster Jayden Richardson is backed for a bright future by people at the football club.
The 19-year-old defender was on the bench for the first match of the season against West Brom and was then loaned out to Exeter City.
It was anticipated that Richardson would learn his trade in men’s football. Joining the Grecians looked like a perfect opportunity with Matt Taylor’s team among the promotion hopefuls.
Things aren’t really working out though and this week the youngster’s loan spell hit a real low.
Richardson was named in Exeter’s under-23 game against Doncaster Rovers and that probably isn’t what Forest signed up for when they chose to loan the right-back out.
The teenager has started just three games in League Two this season and that simply isn’t enough.
Richardson was on the cusp of the first-team at the City Ground prior to the current campaign. Right now, there is a real danger that not playing at Exeter could set him back a year.
The youngster has risen through the youth ranks at a decent pace. Forest have hopes that he can impact the first-team but he must cut his teeth in the men’s game first.
At St James’ Park, he isn’t getting anywhere near enough game time and that must be a small concern for Forest.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Reds have an option to recall Richardson during the January transfer window.
If there is an option to bring him back to the City Ground then it would be wise to do so and perhaps send him to another club.
Forest see Richardson as a defender and Exter often utilise him on the flank. Playing is paramount but out of position won’t help his development.
Another loan spell at a different club for the second half of 2019/20 campaign might eventually prove to best for all parties.