Nottingham Forest need to bring in reinforcements this summer and Martin O’Neill is the man charged with that task.

No arguments there.

Good luck, gaffer!

With the 2018-19 season still not wrapped up for some, attention on Trentside has already shifted.

All eyes are now locked on next term.

Can the Reds finally force their way into promotion contention?

What is required to take that step?

How many fresh faces are needed at the City Ground?

The latter of those three questions is likely to generate plenty of debate.

For some, another influx of talent is required.


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Despite recent windows having delivered mass alterations and little change to the end result.

Aitor Karanka took that to the extreme 12 months ago.

By the time Karim Ansarifard arrived in November, Forest had welcomed 17 additions onto their books in a matter of weeks.

A repeat of that overhaul is unlikely.

The Reds now have too many players on their books and are struggling to cull the numbers.

That is, however, not stopping some from calling for more movement.

Kenny Burns has said in the Nottingham Post: “When you look at the league table after 46 games, it does look like Forest were not too far away, and if you were to factor in those terrible refereeing decisions, they may have been higher and closer to the top six.

“That said, I still think we’re a long way short of having a squad which is talented enough to challenge at the top consistently and be clinical in the big moments.

“We’re a long way off promotion as it stands, despite the obvious improvement over the last few months.

“If you pushed me, I’d say that Martin needs to bring in at least seven quality players during the summer, and I stress they have to be quality.”

Burns is stressing the right word, but perhaps not the right message.



Forest do not need numbers.

What they require at this stage is minor tweaks.

To suggest that O’Neill should be looking for another seven potential first-teamers feels a tad excessive.

There are clear needs, and a few ‘would be nice’ spots to fill.

But the Reds have plenty of talent on their books already and even those who may not be deemed good enough for regular starts in a promotion push, will be more than adequate back-ups.

Continuity and stability of sorts is a must.

On and off the pitch.

O’Neill does not need to be lining up in August with yet another starting XI embarking on a steep learning curve – as individuals and a collective.

A dusting of new recruits is required, not a drenching.

Quality over quantity.

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