Nottingham Forest fans react to reports Bolton Wanderers want Zach Clough back

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in...

Bolton Wanderers will offer Zach Clough an escape route from the City Ground as he struggles to break into the Nottingham Forest side.

Zach Clough of Nottingham Forest gives orders during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in Birmingham,...

Zach Clough would have been hoping for far more from his first full season in a Nottingham Forest shirt.

The 22-year-old promised much when signing from Bolton Wanderers for £3 million as recently as January and scored four times in 14 appearances for the club in the second half of 2016/17.

But it’s easy to forget that Clough was not a Mark Warburton signing. And since the current Forest boss was appointed at the City Ground in March, the former Trotters star has struggled to seize a consistent place in the starting XI.

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in...

Clough has only featured from the off three times so far in 2017/18 with Everton loanee Kieran Dowell getting the nod in the central playmaking position.

And, according to the Nottingham Post, former club Bolton will put an offer on the table to bring Clough back to the Macron Stadium in the January transfer window. It is understood that Bolton, who cannot afford Clough permanently because of their precarious financial situation, want to take their one-time fans’ favourite on a season-long loan.

Zach Clough of Bolton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on January 17, 2017 in London, England.

But it appears that many Forest fans would be disappointed to see Clough depart on loan in January, believing that he has the talent to fight for a place in Warburton’s first XI.

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