Nottingham Forest added 12 players to their ranks during the summer and the club will already be busy compiling a list of possible targets for the January window.
Many of the new faces at the City Ground have already made an impact during the club’s opening 13 games of the season. It’s only natural, however, for Sabri Lamouchi to want more.
Forest are 10th in the Championship going into Saturday’s game at Luton after a decent start to the 2019/20 campaign.
One minor issue on the pitch has shone to the fore. According to @Champstat, the Reds have had just 37 shots on target, the lowest of any team in the league. As a result, an injection of creativity could be required in a bid to arrest such an issue.
One man who could be worth a look at during January is Peterborough United star, Marcus Maddison.
This season has started well for the 26-year-old. He has netted eight goals and registered 12 assists for his current club who sit third in the division.
It is perhaps surprising that Maddison hasn’t been handed a Championship opportunity before now. A proven League One performer, he has scored 60 goals and claimed 90 assists for Peterborough in five years at London Road.
Maddison boasts lots of trickery, loves taking defenders on and can also chip in with a fair share of goals to help his team.
Of course, the jury would be out on whether or not he can cut it regularly in the Championship but on current form, you wouldn’t back against him.
Peterborough have a strong history of recouping significant value on their players and Maddison won’t come cheap.
Middlesbrough asked about Maddison and Ivan Toney during the summer. According to the Gazette, the were spooked at the price-tags for both players; highlighting the size of the bid that will likely be required.
Forest should have some pulling power, however. Arvin Appiah was offloaded for £8 million; whilst several other players left the club recently.
Maddison would add to a plethora of talent already in place at the club, but perhaps he would add something a little bit different.
Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva boast lots of different qualities but Maddison’s goals and directness would perhaps see him offer something a little bit different.
It would certainly be interesting to see how the Durham-born creative spark would take to the Championship.
Some doubts have been raised previously about his attitude. The last 18 months, however, have seen him knuckle down and start to show what he is capable of.
Forest could definitely do with a player capable of helping share the creative burden and if the price is right for Maddison, the Reds could do a whole lots worse.