Nottingham Forest added several new players to the squad during the summer and it seems highly likely the recruitment department will already be working hard identifying January targets.
One man who has already been linked with a move to the City Ground is Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour. The 18-year-old is being watched closely by the Reds and Leeds United, according to London Football News.
The teenager is rated highly by the club’s management staff and has been rewarded with his a first-team start by Frank Lampard. He played the full 90 minutes in a 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby in the Carabao Cup; whilst he also came on as a substitute during a 2-2 Premier League draw with Sheffield United.
Gilmour boasts undoubted quality but his arrival at the City Ground could come at a cost for returning midfielder Ryan Yates.
The 21-year-old has missed the start of the season after requiring a knee operation. Although he is now back in training, he faces an uphill battle to force his way into Sabri Lamouchi’s plans.
Footage emerged from the official Twitter feed of Yates back in training and he will certainly hope for a chance to impress before the transfer window reopens in January.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 16, 2019
Martin O’Neill was a massive fan of the academy graduate. He utilised him 16 times last season and the shirt was pretty much his to lose ahead of this season.
An injury, however, has seen several players jump ahead of him in the quest for a shirt in Lamouchi’s team. Samba Sow and Ben Watson have been regular starters, whilst Alfa Semedo, Tiago Silva, John Bostock and Brennan Johnson have all operate in the middle of the park this season.
Embarrassment of riches
On that basis, there is an argument to suggest that Forest don’t really need to be adding Gilmour to their ranks in January. The Chelsea boy-wonder does look like being a serious player, however, and the Reds boss believes he can help his team over the line, then he will surely pursue his signature.
That will bode well for many players but none more so than Yates. Lamouchi’s other midfielders have already had chances to impress their manager this season.
A loan spell for Yates shouldn’t be ruled out. With several players ahead of him in the pecking order, he will need a run of games to get himself back up to scratch.
The former Scunthorpe and Notts County loan player must wait for an opportunity to showcase his talents to Lamouchi. If Gilmour does arrive in Nottingham, Yates’ prospects of first-team action will instantly become bleaker.