Deadline day is upon us, and now it’s crunch time for Nottingham Forest as they look to set up their playoff push with a fruitful transfer window.
But what exactly would constitute a good deadline day for Forest? They currently sit eighth in the championship after 29 games, but a playoff push is certainly on the mind for those at the City Ground.
But adding to the goals of frontman, Lewis Grabban, will be critical if they’re to make it to the promised land of the Premier League.
Grabban was helped off injured as Forest were beaten by Cardiff 2-1 in South Wales – and with the extent of his injuries unknown – it’s critical that Steve Cooper can add some depth to his options up top.
Dwight Gayle has been rumoured to sign for Forest, as Cooper is reportedly keen to add some more options to their frontline.
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The Championship club have also hounded Blackpool’s Josh Bowler, and Milwall’s Jed Wallace all month for the wider positions on the pitch. However, this work has come to no avail.
Adding another attacking option out wide would surely bolster the Reds’ options promotion chances, so getting one of these two names in would certainly be seen as a successful day.
Retaining their players will be equally as important to Forests’ success – as they will need to try and retain key players such as Joe Worrall and Brennan Johnson.
With a 46 game season in the second tier of English football, letting players go easily cannot be taken lightly if Forest want to survive the arduous schedule – bouncing from midweek to weekend games.
So all in all, the success of deadline day at the City Ground will revolve around their ability to bring in some new attacking options.
Can they quell the need to rely on Lewis Grabban’s goals? Will they be able to add an extra wide man? And can they do all this and still retain key players?
The EFL transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight (January 31).