Nottingham Forest faced Reading on Saturday and in doing so they came up against summer transfer target Tom Holmes.
The Reds were linked with the Royals’ academy graduate when Chris Hughton was in charge.
As the manager, however, he didn’t have a massive say in the players who were being signed, with Dane Murphy and the recruitment team taking on a big responsibility.
The Reds didn’t manage to land Holmes during the summer but the landscape has changed at Reading somewhat.
Last week they were hit with a six-point deduction and amid financial discrepancies, some players could be offloaded in January.
On Saturday, Holmes highlighted exactly why he might be ideal for Forest.
Some statistics from Who Scored showcased his talents and indicate what the Reds could expect if he does sign.
The 21-year-old played at right-back throughout the 90 minutes on Saturday.
He won four tackles, claimed three interceptions and also made one clearance for good measure.
Holmes attempted 61 passes, the second-highest of any Reading player, with a pass success ratio of 86.9%.
In making four tackles, he actually made one less than the Forest back four put together. Joe Worrall made two, Gaetan Bong a couple and Max Lowe one before he went off.
Scott McKenna and Djed Spence failed to make any throughout the 90 minutes.
Future star: Forest must return for Holmes
With Chris Wilder going in at Middlesbrough there seems a real possibility that Spence could be recalled in January.
Mohamed Drager was signed but he’s not yet made a squad under Steve Cooper and perhaps another right-back will be sought.
Holmes at 21 would be an exceptional piece of business by Forest.
The defender can play right-back or centre-back and has made 51 appearances for the Royals during his career.
Cooper may need to act if Spence is recalled and he might have been impressed with the performance of Holmes in Saturday’s draw.