Sabri Lamouchi remains in the market for a new frontman at Nottingham Forest, but doesn’t appear to be expecting much joy in an ongoing striker search.
The Reds boss admits he was hoping to have scratched that itch before the summer window closed.
He was unable to do.
The irritation remains, for all of those at the City Ground.
“Not only the fans – also the manager!” Lamouchi told the Nottingham Post on the disappointment of not being able to get another goal-getter on board.
“But it was so hard and difficult.
“The club tried, they looked at many options and talked with many players. It was not easy.
“Unfortunately we were not able to strengthen in this area.”
While the window has slammed shut, the door remains ajar.
Free agents can still be plucked from a pool boasting plenty of talent.
There are plenty of options splashing around there that could be considered suitable for Forest.
Lamouchi, though, appears less than convinced.
He added on an ongoing search for firepower: “If we can, we will look, but it is just the free agents, so you don’t have much choice.”
Forest have backed themselves into this corner.
Time has not been in short supply.
Other areas have been addressed – overly so in some cases.
The Reds now boast a wealth of goalkeeping and centre-half options but only one out-and-out striker that they have full faith in.
It is being argued that a system which favours a lone frontman only requires one option.
What, though, happens if Lewis Grabban succumbs to injury… again?
Tyler Walker would have been a useful back-up option.
He is now at Lincoln.
Daryl Murphy, Jason Cummings etc hardly inspire confidence, while Rafa Mir is more of a forward than a focal point.
Short-term deals can easily be done with those currently without a club.
Most cannot afford to be picky if they want a contract.
Forest still have the chance to bring yet another fresh face into their squad, allowing that itch to finally be scratched and for a greater sense of comfort to be returned to the banks of the Trent.