In Todd Kane, Forest are getting a right back who knows what the Championship is all about, but is still young enough to be moulded into whatever a coach wants from him (whether that’s a good thing when Stuart Pearce is the coach in question is another argument.)
Kane has most recently been on loan at Bristol City, and Robins boss Steve Cotterill would have reason to feel aggrieved at Forest pinching him, after Kane said last week that he’d like to extend his stay with the League One promotion chasers (Kane’s loan agreement at City was due to end on January 18th).
Prior to that, Kane spent last season (and the second half of the 2012/13 season) on loan at Blackburn, where he played 41 Championship games in total, scoring twice.
He returned to Chelsea in the summer and was given a start by Jose Mourinho in the Blues first pre-season game at Wycombe. Unfortunately for Kane, he suffered a groin injury midway through the first-half and thus, just as quickly as it arrived, his chance to impress was gone. The injury meant he played no further part in Chelsea’s pre-season preparations.
In my job working for Chelsea TV, I’ve seen Kane play a couple of times for their Under 21 side this season. An industrious, tough tackling full back who likes to get forward whenever possible, Kane has learned all he can from development football.
At 21, he is of an age where he ought to be playing regularly in order to continue his progression. Having joined Chelsea as an under 8, he is still wedded to the idea of making it as a first-teamer for the Blues. However, with Mourinho favourite Branislav Ivanovic as well as Cesar Azpilicueta, whose natural position is right back, and the highly regarded Andreas Christensen all in his way, Kane is surely realistic enough to know that in all probability his future lies elsewhere.
So Forest should be getting a player motivated by the knowledge that he is playing for his future, whether at Forest or elsewhere. On paper it looks like a move that suits both parties - but then again we thought that with Nathaniel Chalobah.
Oh, while you’re at it Fawaz, can you see if Chelsea will let us have Lewis Baker for a bit too? Baker – an outstanding attacking midfielder, does stuff like this.