Nottingham Forest defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Ewood Park last night and defender Max Lowe highlighted exactly why Dane Murphy must pull out the stops to land him permanently.
The Reds star is on loan from Sheffield United. His form has been nothing short of magnificent this season. Since returning from injury, he’s quickly regained his place in the side and he’s playing out of his skin.
Lowe was something of a needs must signing in the summer. Chris Hughton was in desperate need of a left-back and after a failed move for Derby star Lee Buchanan, attention turned to the 24-year-old.
The defender wasn’t getting games at Sheffield United and naturally, that made supporters sceptical. Given his form, however, they really needn’t have worried.
Lowe has been a model professional. He’s showcased a desire to get himself into the football club and has brought into the traditions of Forest.
Last night he was outstanding. Indeed, some statistics from Who Scored showcased exactly how brilliant he was during his 90 minutes on the pitch last night.
Lowe made an astonishing nine tackles and registered four clearances for the Reds. His tackles came despite Blackburn seemingly targeting the Forest left-back, with speed demon Deyovaisio Zeefuik playing on the right flank.
Lowe also made 31 passes and attempted six long balls throughout his time on the pitch against Blackburn. His 61 touches of the ball were also the most of any outfield player on the night for Forest.
Class: Forest have to sign Lowe permanently
This was the epitome of how supporters expect loan players to play. Lowe gave every single drop of blood, sweat and tears to prevent Blackburn from scoring and causing Forest problems.
It’s a really great trait to have and Lowe should be obtainable for Forest. It seems unlikely that he’ll force his way into the reckoning at Sheffield United and he’ll have two years remaining on his deal.
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Lowe seems to enjoy playing for Forest and he would surely welcome a permanent move.
Given that the Reds have notoriously struggled to find a capable left-back in the past, it makes absolutely perfect sense for Forest to do whatever it takes to get Lowe at the club on a permanent basis.