Nottingham Forest were a little short on firepower in the 2018-19 campaign, that is a given.

You only need to cast a quick eye over the Championship table to acknowledge as much.

The Reds, who finished ninth, found the target 61 times in 46 games.

When spreading the net a little wider, to take in top spot down to Birmingham in 17th, only four sides boasted less of a cutting edge.

And two of those – Middlesbrough and Bristol City – still managed to finish above Martin O’Neill’s men.

Calls for another striker to be added this summer are nothing new.

Lewis Grabban managed 17 goals across all competitions in his debut campaign, but the supporting cast rather fluffed their lines.

Joe Lolley was the only other man to reach double figures – aided by late-season penalty duty.

So, bring in another frontman.

Fair enough.


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Bring in three?

Woah there!

That, though, is what has been suggested by former Forest defender Kenny Burns.

He has said in the Nottingham Post, while calling for seven fresh faces in total: “Three of those need to be up front because you can’t rely on Lewis Grabban.

“His goals return has been good this season when he’s been fit enough – you can’t argue with that.

“However, the amount of clubs he’s played for suggests something isn’t quite right, and below Grabban, Forest don’t have strength or quality if he’s off his game or injured.”

It is not just up top that Burns wants to see additions either.

He added: “If you can get a solid defensive unit, who understand each other then that’ll will make all the difference.

“To keep 15 clean sheets despite all the changes shows there is enough there to be worked with, and I expect it’ll be one of Martin’s major priorities this summer.

“As it will be to bring in a couple of midfield players.”

Three strikers, defensive reinforcements and a couple of midfielders.

O’Neill’s talks with Evangelos Marinakis must have gone well!

Ambition at the City Ground is to be applauded and should be embraced by everyone involved.

There is, however, little chance of Forest having the funds to find a trio of goal-getters.



One, definitely

Two, possibly.

Three, unlikely.

Other areas are also in need of strengthening, as pointed out by Burns, and the budget will only spread so far.

With wages to also take into account.

Frontmen do not come cheap, both when it comes to asking prices and salary demands.

If Grabban is to stick around, and be the leading man once more, than one proven wingman should be enough.

There is no sign of Daryl Murphy, Karim Ansarifard or Hillal Soudani going anywhere any time soon and too many options – even if two up top is favoured – can cause more problems than it solves.

Yes, Forest should be in the market for more spark in the final third.

That search, though, brings us back – again – to the need for quality, not quantity.

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