Port Vale boss John Askey has been impressed with young Nottingham Forest midfielder Jake Taylor and wants to extend his loan from the Championship club as reported by the Stoke Sentinel.
Taylor arrived at Vale Park in the summer on a six-month loan deal, and he’s turned in several excellent displays in his eight appearances across all competitions for the Valiants in a very successful spell at the League Two outfit.
The central midfielder has certainly excited Askey who is keen to extend his deal until the end of the season but spoke of the issues and pitfalls involved when speaking to the local paper. He said ‘We are looking at it now really. He has done enough that you would want to keep him for another six months. The problem you have got is that if someone is doing well, then teams from higher leagues might want to take him.’
‘What the situation then becomes is, if he does go to a higher league then would he get the games he would get at Port Vale? Would he have the same experience, would he enjoy it as much and would he come on as well as a player?’
‘Those are the options Jake has to look at, but at the moment he is doing well, and you would want to keep him.’
Taylor has mainly been used in a midfield three but proved his versatility at the weekend when Askey switched to 4-4-2 in Vale’s 3-1 home win over Morecambe prompting the boss to add: ‘He has done really well, I think everyone can see that, and hopefully he will keep progressing.’
‘He does things like when he drops his shoulder and lets the ball run past him, and gets into good areas which a lot of other players can’t do.’
‘He is starting to get his shots away now, and he looks capable of scoring goals. But not only does he do that, he works hard for the team and wins the ball back as well.’
The twenty-one-year-old has found the net twice and contributed one assist in his eight outings so far, numbers which he will be hoping to add too if Askey gets his way.
A great example of what a decent loan spell can do for a young player.
There may well be other suitors for his services in January, but Taylor should heed the advice of his manager and stay at Vale for the remainder of the campaign.
If he continues to play well, he will be much better equipt to make the right decision over his future in the summer when his contract expires at Forest.