Matty James joined Barnsley over Nottingham Forest in January – but they should not hold a grudge towards the Leicester City midfielder.
Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom admitted that his side had pulled off a coup when they convinced Leicester City midfielder Matty James to join on loan in January. Because, as reported by the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Forest were desperate to convince the 25-year-old to move to the City Ground instead.
The one-time Manchester United prospect had not started a game for almost two years after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in May 2015 and missing the entirety of Leicester’s remarkable Premier League winning campaign.
However, it didn’t take long for James to settle into his rhythm at Barnsley. By the end of the season, he’d started 17 Championship games and rediscovered that neat and tidy passing that made him an essential component in Leicester’s 2014 Championship title winning campaign.
Nonetheless, James’ future at the King Power is far from certain. Therefore, you wonder whether Nottingham Forest will make another attempt to lure him to the East Midlands this summer.
After all, despite only surviving on the final day of the season, Forest’s long-term future looks bright under new manager Mark Warburton. And his preference for short passing football could get the best out of the technically gifted midfielder.
He averaged a pass completion rate of 82.5 per cent at Barnsley after all.
And although evergreen Forest captain Chris Cohen (below) has only recently signed a new contract with fellow veteran David Vaughan also expected to put pen to paper, Forest still need to reinforce their midfield.
After all, the duo have a combined age of 64 and Cohen’s career has been ravaged by relentless injuries in recent seasons.
Therefore, adding James to the squad would ensure Forest have quality in reserve.