It is not too much of a stretch to suggest that Jorge Grant has transformed Notts County’s season. Scoring four times in seven games since arriving on loan in January, the midfielder has inspired four victories and dragged Kevin Nolan’s hitherto doomed side eight points clear of the drop zone.
It looks like County owe their Nottingham neighbours, who sent Grant on the short trip from the City Ground to Meadow Lane in January, a somewhat awkward thank you, especially after he spearheaded another three-point haul with a 20-yard thunderbolt against Hartlepool United on Saturday.
Although if Nolan has his way Grant will make the switch from one side to the city permanent in the summer, as reported by the Nottingham Post.
And that is not beyond the realms of possibility. The goal-scoring midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and, having played just six times in the Championship until January, you could see why he may perhaps see his long-term future taking place away from the City Ground.
Nonetheless, one of the few positives that can be taken from another tumultuous campaign are the opportunities offered to Forest’s young players, first under Philippe Montanier and then Gary Brazil.
And with the Daily Mirror reporting that Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is determined to sign key creator Ben Osborn in the summer, it seems more imperative than ever that Forest tie Grant down long term.
No player in the current Forest side can replicate Osborn’s effectiveness in attack. Grant, however, should at least be given the opportunity to step up to the plate.
The potential loss of one home-grown star would be somewhat offset by the club shunting another into the spotlight.