Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest have emerged as two possible destinations for Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish.
So which Championship giant would be best for the Republic of Ireland under-21 international?
The Championship table suggests Wolves because they are ahead Forest, nine points ahead to be precise, and just one point outside the play-off places.
One of the main things Paul Lambert would be looking for in any loan deal for Grealish is progression in terms of his quality and experience.
It would be a good string to have to his bow if Grealish returns to Villa at the end of the season having played a key role at a club, which broke into the Championship play-offs.
Nottingham Forest’s arguable advantage comes in the form of their manager Stuart Pearce, who has a solid background in developing younger players stretching back to his time in charge as the England under-21 boss.
He can relate directly to the position Grealish finds himself in because he has so much experience f other players in similar situations.
However, from a statistical point of view, Kenny Jackett’s team also have an advantage.
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They are retaining possession more often than Forest this season and one of Grealish’s best qualities is the way he controls the ball at pace and picks out passes.
Wolves are also ahead in terms of the number of dribbles their players complete on average, which suggests they’re a slightly more attacking unit than their Championship colleagues.
In short, Forest are well suited to taking Grealish under their wing but the better club for his direct development is arguably Wolves.