Former Nottingham Forest star Ben Osborn has backed Joe Lolley to scale great heights again at the City Ground.

The 29-year-old has gone off the boil over the last 12 months. He struggled with compartment syndrome in his shin last season; whilst he also tore his hamstring in March ruling him out for the campaign.

Lolley scored just once and claimed three assists during 2020/21 and that’s relatively low for a player with such quality.

This season, he is yet to register a goal contribution but in seven appearances he has looked a lot sharper.

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Osborn played plenty of games alongside the versatile forward and he thinks his good form is just around the corner.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I’m 100 percent sure he can get back to that kind of form.

“When I’ve spoken to him recently, he seems delighted with Steve Cooper. He says he’s already had quite a few chats with him and is really excited to get going.”

“It’s probably what he needs. Maybe a bit more attacking impetus too for Joe, because that’s where he does his best work.”

Lolley will hope to earn a recall to the starting line-up when Forest take on Blackpool at the City Ground this weekend.

Lolley can still enjoy success at Forest

There’s no doubt that Lolley cares deeply about doing well for Forest. When things haven’t gone well, he does seem like one player who takes things to heart.

Having characters like that in the dressing room isn’t a bad thing and the Reds need to do whatever it takes to get the best out of him.

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Osborn has seen first-hand what level of quality he possesses. The pair spent time playing together at the City Ground, prior to Osborn leaving for Sheffield United.

Under Cooper, Lolley could thrive and he will certainly relish the chance to play in a system that is more focused on attacking.

Good players don’t become bad ones overnight and hopefully, Osborn is right about Lolley.

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