Nottingham Forest have no plans to recall Jorge Grant from his loan spell at Notts County in January, because ‘all parties are benefitting’ from him being there, says Mark Warburton – who hopes Everton will have exactly the same mentality over Reds’ loan-ranger Kieran Dowell.
Grant, 22, has established himself as one of the key players under Kevin Nolan at Meadow Lane, scoring 13 goals so far for the League Two club, since joining on a season-long loan.
Warburton believes Grant is in the best place to continue his development, as he is playing regular football within a successful Magpies side.
And the Forest manager is hopeful that Everton will see attacking midfielder Dowell’s situation in an identical fashion, with the 20-year-old having scored six goals in 15 Championship starts and four sub appearances, since making the move to the City Ground on a season-long loan from the Premier League club.
“I have been asked by fans and I see comments on websites about it all the time,” said Warburton when asked about Grant’s future. “The first thing to say is that Jorge is benefitting from the loan and Notts County are benefitting from the loan and from his performances. That is the first point.
“Secondly, he would have to come back here and be better than Daryl Murphy, better than Tyler Walker, better than Ben Brereton, Jamie Ward, Apostolos Vellios, Barrie McKay and all the other players in the squad.
“And we do have good options; we have quality attacking options. So do you bring a player back to sit on the bench or just to be in the squad, or do you let him play and develop?
“It is a big jump in level as well, have no doubt about that. All thought is always given to what we can do with loan players, but it has to be appropriate and it is all about the player’s development.
“It is absolutely the right place for him to stay. He is playing, he is getting pitch time – he has gone out of the club to get that time. He is doing very well for Notts County and they are looking after him exceptionally well.
“At the moment all parties are benefitting. He is doing well. Right now he is doing really well, he is scoring goals for them, they are top of the division and he is working hard.
“Notts County are doing very well, they have a great set-up and all parties are benefitting from the agreement.”
Sam Allardyce has been appointed as Everton manager this week, but Warburton does not believe that is likely to influence their stance on Dowell’s loan at the City Ground.
And Warburton hopes the new Toffees boss will see the value of Dowell playing regular football with Forest, just as he does himself with Grant.
“Kieran, I would like to think that anyone can see how he is developing,” said Warburton. “He is thriving on the loan here and we are benefitting. Everton, I hope, are seeing their young asset improve in value and worth.
“Our job will always be to send him back to his parent club as a better player than when he first arrived here. That is our job and if we can do that then we can be seen as a club that benefits young Premier League talents when they are here.
“Our job is to work towards the Premier League ourselves, because that is where we want to be. Right now it is a fantastic situation for all parties, which is the aim of the loan – to make sure all parties benefit from it.
“I think everyone will agree that Kieran, ourselves and Everton are benefitting from that. It feels like a good move for everyone.”
Warburton says he will have a conversation with Allardyce at some stage, but is relaxed about the situation.
“I don’t think the change in manager there will change anything. I certainly hope it won’t. They have a vastly experienced manager going in there, in Sam,” said Warburton.
“He is hugely experienced and has huge knowledge of the game. Our job is to have dialogue. But, as I say, I hope we can send him back to Everton as a significantly better player than when he first arrived.”