Nottingham Forest have found a gem in Djed Spence but he might not be their player for much longer.
The Reds defeated Preston 3-0 at the City Ground yesterday, with likely Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder watching on from the stands.
It seems certain that the man who has replaced Neil Warnock was watching Spence closely.
That could mean bad news for the Reds who have seen Spence thrive in their team.
The 21-year-old arrived at Forest during the summer transfer window. He has made 11 appearances for the Reds and is thriving under Steve Cooper.
Now, it seems as though Wilder is closing in on a recall for the youngster. He is set to be announced as the man to take over from Neil Warnock who was sacked yesterday.
Boro are now a place below Forest in the league table and clearly, Steve Gibson has decided that a change is necessary.
That could be bad news for Forest who now face an anxious wait to see if Spence will remain their player until the end of the season.
The defender has thrived in a right wing-back role and has been one of Forest’s best players this season.
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Wilder has now been appointed at Boro and that could be bad news for Forest.
The Reds have seen Spence grow into the team at Forest and losing him could be seriously detrimental.
Spence is an integral part of how Cooper likes to play and losing him could prove a hammer blow for Forest.
Hopefully, a compromise can be reached. Forest would dearly love to keep Spence for the season and doing so could help the Reds achieve their goals under Cooper.