Jed Wallace has been giving his verdict on the Championship play-off final between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield. The Forest linked winger was a guest on Not The Top 20 Podcast during their live show last week.
The 28-year-old has lined up against both teams this season. Forest beat Millwall 1-0 at the New Den and drew 1-1 at the City Ground. Gary Rowett’s team beat the Terriers 2-0 at home and lost 1-0 to Huddersfield in October in West Yorkshire.
Wallace has been playing in the Championship for the last five years at Millwall. He will be a sought-after free agent this summer; although he has actually been offered an extension to his contract with the Lions.
Several clubs are eyeing taking the winger on a free. Forest are joined by West Brom, Besiktas, Middlesbrough and Leeds in the race to land the proven Championship performer ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Wallace thinks there will be a key area where the game will be won at the weekend. He has, however, suggested that one man, in particular, might just give Forest the edge on Sunday afternoon.
He told Not The Top 20 Podcast: “It’s going to be a battle of the win-backs. When you think of Thomas and Toffolo, they’ve got 29 goals and assists, which is ridiculous.
“From a Huddersfield point of view, they are wide open, Forest are happy without the ball and if they score first you’re in trouble.
“If you look at the benches, Davis could be the difference for me. Huddersfield don’t have a lot off the bench. Imagine bringing on a fresh Davis with 25 minutes to go.
“Even with Mighten as well, Lolley offers a little bit of pace and that off the bench could make the difference.”
Wallace right to rave about Davis and he could be integral for Forest
Having a fully fit Davis would certainly give Steve Cooper a decision to make.
Over the last few weeks of the season, Sam Surridge has filled in with the on-loan Aston Villa man hurting his hamstring on Good Friday at Luton.
The 24-year-old did return from the bench in the play-off games, however. He was particularly good in the second leg against Sheffield United and he looked very sharp.
Even if Davis doesn’t start, having him from the bench could prove very useful indeed.
Forest won’t be underestimating Huddersfield by any means. It’s clear their wing-backs are very useful and the Reds must keep them at close quarters.
If Forest can play their game, however, there is reason to believe they will cause the Terriers problems.