Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs in the mix to take Manchester City youngster James McAtee on loan, according to the Daily Mail. It does, however, seem likely that the Premier League champions will make him part of their first-team squad this season.
The 18-year-old has been likened to David Silva. He is tricky, comfortable on the ball and fired a stunning hat-trick for Manchester City’s under-23s against Manchester United on Saturday.
City won that game 4-2 and several clubs want him on loan. Forest have been linked, whilst Swansea, Brentford, Blackburn, Derby and Sunderland all want to take him on loan.
With the deadline quickly coming around, it does seem unlikely he will now move. Pep Guardiola appears to have convinced him that his short-term future is best served with City.
The boss did something similar with Phil Foden. For years, outsiders claimed he should let him out on loan. Instead, he kept him as part of his first-team and he’s now one of the most exciting players in Europe.
Forest are on the lookout for some new recruits ahead of tonight’s deadline. New attacking options would certainly be welcomed and McAtee fits the profile of a player Dane Murphy would look at.
Loans aren’t necessarily something he’d typically do too many of though and perhaps Forest are now done with temporary deals for this summer.
McAtee one to monitor for Forest
There is a chance that the Manchester City ace could still go out on loan at some point in the future. With that in mind, the Reds must continue to monitor his development.
McAtee can play as a No.10 or as a centre-forward and it’s no surprise he has plenty of interested parties vying to take him on loan.
Forest could certainly do with some youthful exuberance adding to their attack and McAtee fits that bill superbly.
If Guardiola does change tact before 11pm this evening, Forest should prepare to pounce.