Nottingham Forest head into this weekend’s game against Reading looking to jump back into the top six of the Championship.

Back-to-back defeats against Wigan and Hull have seen the Reds slump from second in the table to eighth and boss Sabri Lamouchi knows improvements are necessary.

Forest failed to score in the league for the first time at the DW Stadium and creativity proved a big problem in the City Ground contest against Hull.

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The Reds boss boasts a decent squad with backup available to him in most positions these days and that certainly bodes well with games coming thick and fast.

One area that perhaps could do with some reinforcements is up front. Lewis Grabban is the only senior striker, with the unproven and confidence shy Rafa Mir acting as back up.


One striker who is available right now if Wilfried Bony. The former Swansea City, Manchester City and Stoke striker has been without a club since being released from the Swans during the summer.

Here at Seat Pitch we looked at two pros and two cons of Forest potentially offering the 30-year-old a contract:

Pro – Another option

Luckily, Lewis Grabban hasn’t picked up an injury this season just yet but if he does there is definitely going to be some cause for concern.

Rafa Mir looked way shy of confidence on Sunday at Wigan and it would be a real worry for the Reds if they were left in a position where the on-loan Wolves man was the club’s only option in attack.

Having Bony sat on the bench would at least give Forest a proven option to call upon when in need of a goal.

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Con – Wages

You don’t play for Manchester City in the modern-era without picking up a bob or two along the way.

The Ivorian has also played for Swansea and Stoke in the Premier League and is wage demands are likely to outweigh his willingness to simply get back into football.

Forest shouldn’t go breaking the bank for a player who would need to prove his fitness in the first instance.

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Pro – Decent record

Bony boasts a pretty decent record in English football when it comes to scoring goals. He netted 39 in 96 appearances for Swansea and 11 in 46 games for Manchester City, where he was largely used from the bench.

Any club in the second tier of English football would welcome that sort of goalscoring prowess to be able to call upon and if Forest did pursue him, very few would be unsure over his credentials to score goals.

He finished last season on loan with Qatari outfit Al Arabi Sports Club and he netted five goals in just seven appearances.

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Con – Blocks academy pathway

Forest have a proud history of producing young talent and boss Lamouchi has already highlighted his willingness to hand out opportunities.

Grabban is firmly established as the number one striker and provided he stays fit, Forest should be able to manage until the January transfer window reopens.

Bony would perhaps be seen as shrewd but his arrival would almost certainly block the pathway to first-team stardom for one of the club’s rising young talents.

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