Former Nottingham Forest hero Nigel Clough threw young goalkeeper George Shelvey under the bus last night.
The son of Reds icon Brian Clough was fuming with his custodian after Mansfield Town lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
The Stags lost the Papa John’s Trophy contest with the final kick of the game. Florian Kamberi scored to send a sold-out away end into their raptures.
Stephen Quinn had equalised Lewis Wing’s opener and the game was looking set for a penalty shootout.
The former Rangers loan star had other ideas though, firing past the on-loan Forest goalkeeper from close range.
It was Wednesday’s first goal that Clough was upset with though and he chose to hang the Forest stopper out to dry.
He told the Mansfield Chad: “I was disappointed with their first goal with George Shelvey. If he’s coming for it, he has to get something on the ball.”
Shelvey signed for Mansfield in the summer transfer window. He has made just two appearances, both in the EFL Trophy.
His appearances have come six weeks apart and clearly, that isn’t doing his progress much good at all.
Shelvey is behind Manchester United loanee Nathan Bishop in the pecking order and is showing no signs of convincing Clough.
Forest should recall Shelvey from Mansfield nightmare
Signing a young goalkeeper with little experience in men’s football and then sitting him on the bench doesn’t make a deal of sense.
Shelvey won’t be able to progress playing once every six weeks and Forest would be wise to fix him up elsewhere.
Mansfield might feel they’re doing Forest a favour, but really they’re stalling his progress.
At 20, Shelvey needs to be sampling men’s football on a weekly basis to showcase his talents to Forest.
The Reds have a big call to make in January and right now, it makes perfect sense to get him back and farm him out elsewhere.