Cardiff player Lee Tomlin in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.
Neil Warnock has been discussing the decision to let Lee Tomlin leave the club on loan in January. The skilful attacker headed to Nottingham Forest until the end of the season, one of several new signings made by Forest in the final throes of the transfer window.
The Cardiff City boss was candid about his reasons for letting Tomlin leave, but also optimistic regarding the presence of two other new Forest signings, Ben Watson and Jack Colback. He told Wales Online:
Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City is challenged by Ben Watson of Watford during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford at The King Power Stadium on January 20, 2018 in...
“They’ve signed Jack Colback and Ben Watson. In front of them two, I think Tomlin will have more scope. They are basically anchor players.
“I couldn’t see Tomlin getting in our team at the moment, he has the most ability in our club, I take my hat off to that but I’ve got to think about the next 18 games, nothing further than that.”
Forest did plenty of business on transfer deadline day, but Colback and Watson might be the best of it. Colback is a versatile option but midfield is undoubtedly his best position and it is not that long ago he was in an England squad for the first time. Watson is an experienced head who knows what it takes to be a success in the Championship.
Newcastle player Jack Colback in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Birmingham City and Newcastle United at St Andrews (stadium) on January 7, 2017 in Birmingham,...
Warnock is clearly hopeful of the best with regards to Tomlin and is right that he will be able to thrive if picked with those around him to do the hard grafting. Colback and Watson are undoubtedly grafters and will give him the room to breathe if the trio feature at the same time.
Nottingham Forest will certainly hope they have the impact Warnock is suggesting. The club look set for a season of mid-table mediocrity and a little bit of excitement in the final stages of the season is the best they can realistically hope for.
Tomlin, on his day, can certainly provide that.