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Aitor Karanka claims Joe Lolley has 'everything' to become a Premier League player

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Nottingham Forest at The Den on December 29, 2018 in London, England.

Joe Lolley started for Nottingham Forest during their 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.

Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and  Brentford at City Ground on February 09, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Aitor Karanka has claimed that Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley has 'everything' to be a Premier League player in the future. 

The 26-year-old ace is enjoying a stellar campaign at the City Ground this season, with a number of his high-quality performances coming under the stewardship of Karanka prior to his departure last month.

Martin O'Neill replaced him in the dugout and he started Lolley during his side's 2-2 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.


Nonetheless, Karanka spoke about his former player and shared that he is the type of person that performs better when you don't put the pressure on him. 

"When you know how good of a kid Joe is it's easier to manage him," Karanka told Sky Sports Football on 13/02/2019 at 07:45 pm. "He's the kind of player that with pressure maybe it's not the right way.

"He has everything to be a Premier League player. But dragging him in the right direction because sometimes it is more important to work with a player in his head than on the pitch."

Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest (23) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic at City Ground on...

Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Lolley impressed against automatic-chasers West Brom on Tuesday night by producing a dazzling display on the flanks.

With Forest leading the encounter 2-1, opposition striker Dwight Gayle went down very easily in the penalty area, with referee Lee Mason awarding a spot-kick to the anger of the away supporters.

Moments later, Lolley was then asking for a penalty of his own when Kieran Gibbs grabbed a fist full of his shirt as he was trying to take a shot, but the referee opted against awarding him a penalty. 

Nonetheless, over the course of the season, Lolley has played 32 league games, scoring seven goals and supplying his teammates with eight assists. Four of those assists came against his boyhood club Aston Villa in November, according to transfermarkt.

Joe Lolley of Notts Forest scores to make it 4-3 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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