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Nottingham Forest: Cooper must ditch Renan Lodi in January

Nottingham Forest signed Renan Lodi on loan in the summer and so far it hasn’t worked out for the Atletico Madrid full-back. Now, a new update has emerged on his future.

What’s the latest?

According to AS (via Sport Witness), Atletico are hoping that Nottingham Forest trigger their €30m (£25.8m) option to buy Lodi before the end of his loan spell.

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As per the report, the La Liga giants have found themselves in financial trouble after failing to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League this season and have no need for the player to return to them next summer.

However, with Lodi hardly pulling up any trees at Forest, they should use Atletico’s financial situation to send him back in the hope they can find a better suitor for the player elsewhere.

Cooper must ditch Lodi

The Brazilian has shown glimpses of his talent but has largely been inconsistent in his performances since joining the Tricky Trees this summer, so it is fair to say that Steve Cooper should ditch Lodi if Atletico press for a permanent move over the coming months.

Nottingham Forest are currently rock bottom of the Premier League table and the left-back has been a contributor to the side’s inability to pick up points in the top flight.

Lodi is currently the third lowest-rated player (6.42) in the entire squad according to SofaScore, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider his output this season.

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Over six league appearances, the 24-year-old – who was hailed a “nightmare” by sports writer Conor Keane – has failed to win possession, averaging just 0.8 dribbles, seven accurate passes in the opposition’s half and gives away 1.2 fouls per game.

Cooper will be massively disappointed and frustrated with many of the players that were brought into the largely newly-built squad this summer, and if an opportunity arises to offload some of these low-impact performers in January to make way for players who can make a positive impact on the team it should be a no-brainer for the club.

With that being said, Lodi has just a handful of chances to prove himself to Cooper before the market opens up again in January and if he can’t start to make an improvement on the pitch it could be time to go.