With two more deals completed since the January window closed, Nottingham Forest have welcomed a total of five fresh faces onto their books.

Yohan Benaloune was the first, followed by Pele and Leo Bonatini.

Those moves were wrapped up before the deadline passed on Thursday.

Irons were still in the fire and Molla Wague and Alexander Milosevic rocked up at the City Ground on Friday.

That’s three defenders, a midfielder and a striker.

One Tunisia international, a Brazilian, Guinea-Bissau star, Malian and a Swede.

With Romanians, Algerians, Portuguese, Argentinians, Swiss, Irish, Germans and Iranians already on the books, Forest have completed their own United Nations.

Martin O’Neill is happy with the makeup of his squad.


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He told the club’s official website: “We’ve worked hard to strengthen the spine of our side during the transfer window.

“January is a very difficult time to bring players into the football club but we feel like we have recruited the necessary number of players into the squad.”

Is that a fair assessment?

The general consensus is that reinforcements across the park were required.

A lack of bodies at the back has been addressed and another goal-getter acquired.

There is also further competition in the engine room.

On paper, that is plenty of boxes ticked.

It remains to be seen whether the right additions have been made or if the Reds have merely stockpiled.

O’Neill is looking for a telling contribution from all of those snapped up.


He added on the club’s official website: “We certainly wanted to add to the squad so we can compete to reach the play-off places and I just want to have a real go at it.

“Of course we have a little bit of ground to make up and every defeat just knocks you back a bit and we’re reaching a stage where every result is extremely important.”

Having ‘a real go’ is what Forest fans are crying out for.

There have been too many false dawns.

Too many periods of wishful thinking which have ultimately delivered very little.

There are 14 chapters left this season in which to change the script and pen a different ending.

O’Neill believes he has the necessary tools at his disposal.

Time will tell if he is right.

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