The media has offered its response as the 24-year-old forward, Josh Bowler, owned by Nottingham Forest, made a comeback to the starting lineup. Bowler’s return took place during Cardiff’s recent defeat to Blackburn, marking his first full inclusion in the lineup since August.
Josh Bowler, who is on loan from Nottingham Forest, had multiple offers from various Football League clubs during the summer transfer window. However, he opted to make the move to Wales.
In the initial fixture of the season, Bowler scored in a 2-2 draw against Leeds United. Unfortunately, an injury setback sidelined him for several months after that promising start.
During the match against Blackburn, the agile winger made a noteworthy return to the starting lineup. While he couldn’t prevent Cardiff from losing, he did deliver a commendable performance.
Reaction from the national media regarding Bowler’s start for Cardiff
Before the international break, Nottingham Forest winger Josh Bowler returned to action. He made a 20-minute appearance as the Bluebirds played to a 1-1 draw with Watford, showing his capabilities.
In the recent game, he was on the field for slightly over an hour and received a 7/10 rating from Wales Online. Their assessment of his performance included phrases such as “Showed his twinkling, dancing feet on one or two occasions and was just about City’s most creative outlet. Good to see him back in the starting XI. Another who got a little sloppy after half-time.”
Cardiff is scheduled to face Huddersfield in the Championship tonight. Forest-owned Bowler will aim to retain his place in the starting lineup as the Bluebirds strive to secure their first win in three matches.
Bowler’s future prospects with Forest
Nottingham Forest’s decision to sign Josh Bowler was primarily a contingency plan in case of relegation last season, given that Steve Cooper, the manager, had a high regard for the player.
The club’s pursuit of Bowler began in the January window of 2022 but proved challenging due to his previous commitments with Blackpool. Eventually, Forest secured his services in the summer.
Bowler spent time on loan with Olympiacos and returned to Blackpool last season, with limited success. Forest opted to loan him out again in the summer, as he seeks to rediscover his best form.
Bowler’s chances of playing for Nottingham Forest in the future are closely tied to the club’s status in the Premier League. The longer Nottingham Forest remains in the Premier League, the less likely it seems that Bowler will have an opportunity to feature for the club.