Some reports have emerged today that have suggested Will Swan could leave Nottingham Forest to join Ipswich Town on loan.

The 20-year-old has broken into the first-team this season, playing twice for the Reds off the bench.

Since Lewis Grabban returned from a hip injury, however, he has found himself down the pecking order once more.

Swan has been prolific for the club’s under-23 ranks, scoring eight goals so far this season.

The youngster looks very much like being one for the future and a loan spell to League One could do him the world of good.


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Swan is an energetic performer and he simply needs to cut his teeth with more games at men’s level.

With Grabban and Lyle Taylor vying for a place in the side at present, Swan’s chances of game time look pretty slim.

Ipswich are tenth in the League One table, five points off a play-off place.

That makes the loan move an attractive one, with Swan heading to a side who will at least have something to play for.

There isn’t a substitute for matchday experience and the situation of being involved where three points are up for grabs.

Swan has outgrown under-23 football and Ipswich are a pretty big club – especially in the third-tier.

Chance to shine

If the loan does go through, the Forest graduate has a massive opportunity.

With a few goals and some strong performances his confidence would be bolstered no end.

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Forest are going to need a long-term successor to Grabban very soon, whilst Taylor is also in his thirties.

The challenge for Swan is to use the loan move as a catalyst to thrust himself into Chris Hughton’s thoughts on a regular basis.

If he performs and showcases his goalscoring ability there is absolutely no reason why he can’t become the heir to Grabban’s throne when he departs the City Ground.

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