18 July 2024

D.C. United close to signing Lewis O'Brien on loan from Nottingham Forest |  Goal.com Nigeria

During the January transfer window, Nottingham Forest permitted Lewis O’Brien to sign a loan agreement with Middlesbrough. He participated in last night’s match between Michael Carrick’s team and Sheffield Wednesday.

In the summer of 2022, the Reds acquired O’Brien from Huddersfield for £10 million. He participated in 14 games for Forest in the first half of the previous campaign, but was left off the 25-man roster for the second half.

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He moved on loan to D.C. United and earned some praise from Wayne Rooney who was keen to sign him permanently. He called him a ‘really good player’ for some sound performances in the MLS.

Last night, Forest-owned O’Brien was handed another chance to start by Carrick. It would appear that he’s still getting up to speed at Middlesbrough, with some player ratings suggesting as much from last night.

Teesside Live claimed: “Added much more balance to Boro’s midfield, but was at times a little sloppy in possession.”

Clearly, O’Brien will need a bit of time to find his rhythm once again. It’s so long since he played football in this country and he will need to get back into the groove.

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It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for O’Brien with how his Forest spell has panned out. He looked a very useful addition to the ranks when he was added but things haven’t really worked out.

It’s hard to imagine O’Brien playing for Forest again in the Premier League. The Reds have a number of midfield options now at their disposal and ultimately, they’re better than the 24-year-old.

O’Brien should prove a useful addition to the Boro ranks, however. Given what Carrick did as a midfielder, it’s hard to imagine there being a better move for the Forest man to make for his latest loan.


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