Nottingham have plenty of points on the board and cause for optimism, but few strikers on the books at the City Ground.

That remains a source of concern.

No serious alarm, but a nagging doubt in the back of the mind.

The fear remains – what happens if Lewis Grabban picks up an injury?

He hasn’t so far and has been ever-present in 11 starting XIs.

Sabri Lamouchi has no suitable alternatives, so the selection up top rather picks itself.

Grabban is among the finest frontmen in the Championship.

Forest are fortunate to have him and have already benefited from his impressive strike rate.

It doesn’t bear thinking about what the Reds would do without No.7.

As things stand, Rafa Mir is next in the pecking order.

Not a sentence to inspire confidence.


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Neither is the thought of Lamouchi having to get creative, with Albert Adomah having shown during a tough evening at Arsenal that he is no leading man.

Sammy Ameobi could also come into the mix, but again there is a sense of square pegs and round holes.

Forest were supposed to have avoided that scenario.

A squad which remains on the large side boasts strength in depth throughout, accept in arguably the most important area of the field.

Efforts were made over the summer to address that.

It was, however, to be a case of one-way traffic as frontmen flooded through the exits and none hit the arrivals lounge.

Grabban has been left twiddling his thumbs in the striker’s union.

He should be applauded for not allowing complacency to set in when facing little or no competition for his place.

A five-goal haul is a decent return for a forward who has been feeding off scraps at times.

There remains no escaping the fact, though, that each and every time the 31-year-old takes to the field a risk is run.


Former Forest striker Garry Birtles has said in the Nottingham Post: “A lot depends on Lewis Grabban still. They have to sign another striker in January to compete with him because they’re walking a tightrope at the moment.

“One bad tackle, one unlucky slip and suddenly you’re relying on an unproven Rafa Mir until the New Year.”


Forest do have the option of recalling Tyler Walker from a loan spell at Lincoln in January.

Many would like to see that decision taken, but should the 22-year-old be dragged away from a productive stint with the Imps to sit on the bench?

The opening of another transfer market in early 2020 also offers a window of opportunity.

Various names have been offered up by those in the stands when it comes to potential targets.

It remains to be seen whether Lamouchi and the Forest board share any of those opinions.

It is, however, clear that something has to be done.

The Reds have worked hard to put themselves in contention for a shot at a top-six finish – at worst – and will not want to see those efforts undermined.

The risky business will continue when it comes to Grabban, with there still 14 games to take in before January 1, and collective fingers will remain crossed that no untimely bumps in the road are hit.

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