Another transfer window is about to swing open, with Nottingham Forest once again being urged to bolster their ranks at left-back.

That has been a rather familiar theme for the Reds in recent years.

A position once occupied by arguably the finest player to ever represent the club has become something of a problem.

And living up to the inimitable Stuart Pearce is not the issue.

Nobody is going to fill those boots.

It would be a pointless exercise expecting anybody to come close.

Stability and reliability in that post would be welcome though.

Forest have found useful options since ‘Psycho’ departed, but they have been few and far between.

Alan Rogers, Jim Brennan… struggling now.

Nicky Shorey was an England international-calibre performer, but only spent a brief loan spell at the City Ground.


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Of the countless players to have filled the No. 3 berth, maybe a handful could be considered a good fit.

There have been far too many failed experiments to name here.

With the issues at left-back highlighted once again in the most recent campaign.

Jack Robinson boasts the potential to slip into a category alongside the likes of Rogers and Brennan.

He has been a shrewd addition on a free transfer and should make the left-back spot his own.

If, that is, he is allowed to play there all of the time.

Across the 2018-19 campaign, for various reasons, that was not always the case.

If Robinson was unavailable or suspended, then somebody else was required to step in.

Usually Ben Osborn, but occasionally Saidy Janko or Jack Colback.

Square pegs in round holes.

The archetypal ‘left back in the changing room’ brigade.

Which leads us into another opportunity to recruit and add depth in a problematic position.



Reds legend Kenny Burns has said in the Nottingham Post on transfer priorities: “We need one, possibly two strikers, and we definitely need a left-back, because once again that can be a problem area for us.

“Jack Robinson has made that position his own and has done well, but we need some cover for him.

“We’ve tried Jack Colback and Ben Osborn there – and I’ve made my thoughts on that clear. We really need someone who’s a natural in that position.”

Robinson is the ‘natural’ fit, but he will not always be in contention.

Cover is required.

As it is on the other side of the field.

Janko appears set to depart at the end of his loan, while Sam Byram has also completed his.

The hope is that another deal can be done with West Ham, with Tendayi Darikwa back to being the only senior option available.

Full-backs may not be the most glamorous entries on a shopping list, but they are important ones.

Forest do not need to find another Pearce, but they do require peace of mind.

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