Nottingham Forest must finally move for Jake Bidwell after QPR exit

NOTTINGHAM, UK. 19TH JANUARY General view of the City Ground, home to Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City at the City Ground,...

Queens Park Rangers released left-back Bidwell, but could he join Championship rivals Nottingham Forest?

Jake Bidwell of Queens Park Rangers reacts after the final whistle having lost 2-3 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road...

A new left-back appears to be top of Nottingham Forest’s wish list this summer.

Jack Robinson was the club’s first-choice during the 2018/19 season but the former Liverpool and QPR defender is not the most attack-minded or technically gifted of players in an era where the full-back position has become more important than ever.

So an upgrade appears likely.

 

El Desmarque has linked Forest with Emmen’s swashbuckling Dutchman Caner Cavlan while Expressen claimed on Wednesday that Swansea City’s jet-heeled Sweden international Martin Olsson is also on Martin O’Neill’s radar.

But maybe the answer to a long-standing problem position is staring Nottingham Forest in the face?

General view of the City Ground before the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

According to the Times, the two-time European champions were keen to sign Queens Park Rangers flyer Jake Bidwell in the summer of 2017. And though two years have gone since those reports emerged, the fact that Bidwell is now available for free should not pass Forest by.

At 26, Bidwell has a long career ahead of him and he was one of QPR’s stand out performers during a dismal 2018/19 campaign, producing four assists in 40 Championship starts.

Blessed with plenty of Championship experience and available for free, Forest could do a lot worse.

Jake Bidwell of QPR runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Rotherham United at Loftus Road on March 13, 2019 in London, England.

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