It would be a fair comment to say there weren’t too many tears shed when Sheffield United allowed Max Lowe to join Nottingham Forest on loan for the season.
Slavisa Jokanovic allowed the former Derby County man to make the move to the City Ground. Lowe, 24, had struggled to have the same impact as Jayden Bogle, who had arrived at Bramall Lane at the same time. And with Rhys Norrington-Davies back from his loan spells, Lowe’s game-time was always going to be limited.
But Lowe, rather than struggle for Forest, is already impressing. He put in another fine display as The Reds saw off Barnsley last night.
With Lowe firmly in our thoughts, we caught up with Lee Clarke from Nottingham Forest News to get the lowdown on the Blades loanee.
Max Lowe flying high for Forest
Speaking to Clarke, the Reds expert confirmed to us here at Sheffield United News that Lowe has been nothing short of superb.
“Where to start, the boy has been brilliant,” Clarke began.
“To say he’s come from a club where he hasn’t played much he’s quickly got up to speed. He registered an assist half an hour into his debut and then scored against Millwall last week. He was magnificent against Barnsley last night. Tackles well and his energy up and down the pitch is proving a big asset.”
Forest have a new manager in the ranks in the form of former Swansea City boss, Steve Cooper. And Clarke believes the new Forest man’s record of working with younger players is giving Lowe the best chance of success.
“Certain players and certain clubs, isn’t it? He seems to be thriving under regular game time,” Clarke continued.
“Lowe holds his position well, gets up and down the pitch for 90 minutes and is really strong in the tackle. Barnsley moved three players around last night to keep their main men away from him!”.
Our View: Lowe’s form at Forest a win-win for United
Whether that be in the form of him returning to Bramall Lane and doing well, or simply increasing his sell-on value, Lowe doing well at Forest is a big bonus.
It’s quite the surprise, too. He’d shown little in red and white to suggest such form was around the corner. But it’s nice to see, and it’s good for Lowe to be playing regularly again.
Hopefully, it continues. And if it does, then the Blades might find themselves in a similar situation to that they had with Norrington-Davies this year, next summer.