Nottingham Forest are bracing themselves for some turbulence with Djed Spence.
The Reds loanee could be recalled by Middlesbrough in January. New boss Chris Wilder was at the City Ground on Saturday to run the rule over the Boro owned talent.
That doesn’t bode well for Forest. Although Middlesbrough have three right-backs in place, Spence would suit a Wilder system down to the ground.
Naturally, with loan players, there is always this risk. With that in mind, Forest will have a contingency plan firmly up their sleeve.
Mohamed Drager was signed on transfer deadline day, although he’s yet to be seen in a Forest shirt.
Elsewhere, Fin Back has made first-team appearances and is now doing very well with the under-23 ranks.
Spence returning to Middlesbrough could allow another talent to emerge from the academy, however.
Jayden Richardson has made appearances for Forest this season and he looks tailor-made for a wing-back role.
Time to shine for exciting Forest talent Richardson
It really is a case of now or never for the youngster. He is out of contract in the summer and he’ll be desperate for a proper chance to showcase his worth.
Richardson has first-team experience to his name in League Two. He played 28 games for Exeter during 2019/20 and 36 times for Forest Green Rovers last season.
His time with the Grecians provides Forest with some food for thought. Boss Matt Taylor utilised him as a wing-back in a system now too dissimilar to that deployed by Steve Cooper.
Richardson typically operated on the left-hand side at St James’ Park but he has come through the Forest ranks as a right-sided player.
Forest have a proud history with talented youngsters and letting Richardson go without earning a proper chance would be a shame.
He’s learned his trade out on loan and after two substitute appearances in the league this season and as a result, he deserves his chance to replace Spence.
Forest will hope that Spence can be kept at the club beyond January. If he can’t, Cooper might just have a ready-made replacement right under his nose.