The Championship club Nottingham Forest have pulled off a major coup by bringing in the Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas on a loan deal for about a month. The 29-year-old midfielder has grown frustrated about the lack of first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane in recent seasons. Despite being an £ 8 million signing from Newcastle United many seasons ago, Jermaine Jenas has struggled for first-team opportunities under Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas. The significant number of injuries he has suffered in his career of late have not helped matters, and the current manager Andre Villas-Boas has seen the month-long loan deal as an ideal opportunity to get him back to full fitness.
He has now joined the club where he began his career before moving to Newcastle United. Jermaine Jenas has played four England on 21 occasions, while he has made more than 200 appearances for Tottenham. Despite this, his injury problems in recent seasons has grown to such an extent that he was unable to complete the six-month loan spell with Aston Villa last season. Jermaine Jenas still has a contract with the club until 2013, but he needs to play regularly if he is interested in staying at Tottenham beyond this season.
“We are aware that Jermaine is available because of the noises coming out of Tottenham and I think he has been available for quite some time. It is a case of ‘will he improve the squad?’ If he is fit, and he plays anything like he can play, then he probably would,” said the Nottingham Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll. “Jermaine really needs no introduction to Forest supporters. It’s fantastic that he has chosen to return home when he had options to move elsewhere on loan,” said the chairman of the club Omar Al Hasawi after announcing the signing of Jermaine Jenas.