Nottingham Forest should forget about signing Massey and promote from within

Wigan’s Gavin Massey is out of contract at the end of the season, but the club have begun contract talks in the hope of preventing him from joining reported admirers QPR and Nottingham Forest. However, should the Reds actually be looking to sign him?

What’s the word?

Should Massey fail to agree on new terms with Wigan, then he could make the move to Martin O’Neill’s Forest side in the summer. According to the Daily Mail, there is interest from the Reds but it’s unclear whether they have formal plans to make him part of their squad.

It is understood that the winger would like to stay at his current team but that could depend on whether they stay in the Championship.

Wigan are relegation threatened at the moment, just three points adrift of the dreaded drop zone so the likelihood of a departure could be increased with that in mind.

Promote from within instead

Forest’s problem this season has been a lack of pace and despite Massey being able to supply them with that, they have an equally promising option already at the club.

Although a brilliant player this season, that alternative doesn’t come in the form of Joe Lolley. Rather than him, O’Neill has a young prodigy right in front of his eyes with Arvin Appiah waiting in the wings.

There have been calls for him to feature more often in the first team and instead of seeking an external solution to their problem, Forest need to look closer to home.

The 18-year-old is capable of playing out wide and has already displayed his potential, scoring one goal in the two first-team opportunities he’s been afforded this term.

The England youth international possesses pace and the ability to beat a man, something that could help add an extra level of creativity.

Massey is a player who has struggled for consistency at most of the clubs he’s played for – developing Appiah and promoting him next season would be of greater benefit.