'I like him a lot' – Karanka hints at Nottingham Forest summer move for £3m striker
Nottingham Forest loanee Lee Tomlin has made an instant impact at the City Ground since his switch to the Reds in the January transfer window and Aitor Karanka has admitted he is a big fan.
The forward moved to Forest on deadline day and scored his first goal for his new side on Tuesday night against Reading, as Karanka’s men came from behind to take a share of the spoils.
It was a clever finish from Tomlin who capitalised on Joe Lolley’s square ball in the 85th minute, gaving supporters something to cheer about.
And his performances for Forest so far have made him a popular player amongst the Reds faithful and has led to questions regarding the attacker’s future beyond the end of the season.
Karanka admitted that although he had spoken to his player, no decisions have been made regarding whether or not he would be at the club next season.
As quoted in the Nottingham Post the boss said: “I don’t know. Because he is a Cardiff player.”
“I have to finish this season. I have spoken with him and he knew that he was going to enjoy his football with me again.
“I know him and how he works and we need to keep our feet on the floor. He is a good player and I like him a lot. But we need to take things step by step.”
Tomlin’s ability on the ball and intelligence have had supporters already comparing the forward to ex-Forest favourite Andy Tomlin.
Tomlin moved to Cardiff from Bristol City in the summer for a fee of £3million.
On the pitch though, results though continue to disappoint with the Reds having only won once in the last 12 outings.
And defensively there are major issues too; having conceded 51 goals this season they have the third worst record in the entire Championship.
Karanka needs to improve matters at the back otherwise they could quickly find themselves in a relegation battle.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Karanka delivers confused verdict after ‘difficult’ draw v Reading.