Chopra out on loan again

Last updated : 05 February 2004 By Martyn Elliott

When Carl Cort and Lomana LuaLua left the club during the transfer window it might have been good news for the 20-year-old, but in reality his chances of making the first-team lessened during January.

He was arguably already ahead of the two forwards who have left the club in Sir Bobby’s thinking, but as well as Bridges arriving Craig Bellamy and Shola Ameobi are fit again and Kieron Dyer has proved he can play upfront (sort of).

Forest haven’t scored in their last six first division games and their first choice strike pairing, Gareth Taylor and Marlon King, have managed a total of two league goals between them this season.

Paul Hart is hoping that Chopra will repeat last season’s success of scoring five times in six games while on loan at Watford.

"Michael is a player whose career I have followed with a great deal of interest," Hart told Forest’s official website.

"It’s great to have him on board and although the deal will initially be for a month I would hope that we could extend it in due course.

"He’s quick, loves scoring goals and is the kind of player who can improve the squad.

"There’s been a lot of pressure on our two strikers in recent weeks because we have had no one else to share the load and it is common knowledge that Gareth Taylor has been playing on despite problems with a knee injury."

Chopra is yet to score a first-team goal for United, but has made just one start and seven appearances as a replacement.