Nottingham Forest let goalkeeper Jordan Wright leave for Lincoln during the January transfer window. After his debut at the weekend, perhaps it’s become clear why the club felt it best to offload the youngster.
Wright failed to make a first-team appearance during his time on Trentside. He was a regular in the development squads and he did make the bench in the senior ranks a few times.
With that in mind, it’s perhaps a surprise that the club let him leave. The club have some talented stoppers and Wright was thought to be highly rated.
On Saturday he made his first start for the Imps. Some comments from Lincolnshire Live after the game perhaps offer an indication as to why Forest allowed him to leave.
Steve Cooper is keen for his team to play out from the back. Both Brice Samba and Ethan Horvath have shown they are capable in that sense; with the American still to work on that side of his game.
Wright it seems isn’t completely accustomed to playing the role of sweeper-keeper. Lincolnshire Live mentioned that side of his game following his performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win for Lincoln.
They wrote: “Didn’t always look comfortable with the ball at his feet but made some excellent saves. Kept his cool when Wimbledon cranked up the pressure.”
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The youngster was perhaps a surprise departure during the last transfer window. He had been a respected member of the under-23s for several years and looked set to make the step up.
It seems obvious that his shot-stopping skills are on point. The player ratings piece alluded to that and it does seem to be a trait of the young keepers coming through on Trentside.
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In the modern era, however, saving shots isn’t the only requirement. Plenty of emphasis is now placed on goalkeepers being able to start attacks.
Wright perhaps hasn’t mastered that just yet. As a result, Forest felt that his services were better served elsewhere for the good of his career.