Nottingham Forest have announced that Marcus McGuane has joined Oxford United on a three-year deal following a successful loan.
The midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan with the U’s, before his temporary stint was cut short due to injury.
McGuane played 20 times for the League One outfit, registering four assists during his time at the Kassam Stadium.
Oxford can still make the play-offs in the third tier with one game to play. They are relying on other results going their way but it’s still a possibility.
Now, they have turned their attentions briefly towards next season by announcing the permanent capture of McGuane.
The midfielder’s time at Forest was short-lived. He checked in from Barcelona in February 2020 and failed to make a first-team appearance.
During his time as a youngster with Arsenal he made two first-team appearances and earned rave reviews from legendary boss Arsene Wenger.
Playing football looks paramount for his development though and the move to Oxford might suit all parties.
He will link up with Karl Robinson’s team ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and will hope to continue his improvement.
Have Forest dropped the ball here?
Only time will tell but there are two sides to every story.
Given that Chris Hughton is unlikely to have seen McGuane in action yet, it could be that someone behind the scenes at Forest has made the call.
At 22, first-team football is important and it’s more than plausible that the player has requested the move.
McGuane may have struggled to fit into Hughton’s system but it does seem a bit of a shame that he’s not at least been given a chance.
Of course, the proof will come in the performances and Forest supporters will monitor his progress with intrigue in the future.