If strikers really are to be prioritised by Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window, then how does that saga play out?

It would come as no surprise if a new frontman, or two, were to figure prominently on the wish list.

The Reds have drawn a blank on 11 occasions this season, from 38 games.

That is almost a third of their second tier outings in which they have failed to find the target.

Not disastrous.

But hardly spectacular.

In many of those games when the scorers were not troubled, ample opportunities were created.

A few extra bodies are required to provide the finishing touch.

Lewis Grabban has 15 league goals to his name this season and was briefly the top marksman in the division.

Behind him at the City Ground sits Joe Lolley on eight.

Of the other frontmen, Daryl Murphy has three, Hillal Soudani two and Karim Ansarifard one.


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Not enough from the supporting cast.

And it is that which will likely lead Martin O’Neill into scouring an attacking market.

Forest legend Kenny Burns believes his former team-mate may need more than one goal-getter.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “I don’t think the squad we’ve got now is good enough.

“It’s going to take a fair bit of rebuilding work in the summer. I think we’re going to need about seven or eight new players, to give us a better chance next season.

“And one area we really need to address is up front. We need at least one striker, probably two. That should be a priority.

“Lewis Grabban is our top scorer, but he’s been out injured.

“Daryl Murphy works hard and does a good job, but I wasn’t very impressed with Karim Ansarifard against Aston Villa – he never got a kick and never won a header. At least Murphy can hold the ball up.

“We need another option. Someone who can get us goals.”

True story.

It is, however, clear that there is going to need to be movement both in and out.

Stockpiling strikers will do nobody any favours.

Yes, you want to have depth to your ranks, but not enough to drown everybody out.

Forest already have four recognised frontmen.

They also have the likes of Tyler Walker and Virgil Gomis out on loan.


Something, or somebody is going to have to give.

So, who makes way?

The Post is already reporting that Ansarifard could be destined to return from whence he came, with interest being shown from Greece.

That could be one out of the door.

Will Murphy be retained? Should he be?

Grabban will obviously be sticking around and Soudani deserves another run after seeing his debut campaign decimated by injury.

With O’Neill often favouring a loan frontman approach, there is only one place in the team up for grabs.

How many options do Forest need?

Are multiple additions the way to go?

And do you go with experience, youth or a bit of both?

As is often the case when it comes to matters of recruitment, the picture at the City Ground is far from clear.

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