Nottingham Forest have made a decent start to the 2019/20 campaign and currently sit in 10th place after 13 games of the season. 

The Reds added 12 new players to their squad during the summer and the club’s recruitment personnel will be busy compiling a list of targets for the January transfer window.

One area that definitely needs reinforcing is upfront where Forest currently have Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir competing for a place in Sabri Lamouchi’s team.

If Forest are serious about maintaining their challenge for a top-six place beyond the January transfer window then some more firepower would certainly be ideal.

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Grabban, a £6 million signing from Bournemouth in 2018 (BBC), is a proven Championship goalscorer and Forest supporters wouldn’t be overly concerned if he was the club’s main striker this season.

He can’t do it on his own though and Wolves loanee Mir has looked short of confidence when called upon.

One man who has been linked with a move away from his current club and could be an option for Forest is Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster.

The 19-year-old is being tracked by Crystal Palace and Championship clubs Bristol City and Swansea, with the trio keen to take Brewster on loan for the second half of the campaign (The Sun).

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It is unsure yet whether Liverpool would allow the youngster to leave on loan but he would certainly be a solid loan acquisition for Forest.

Brewster has been in fine form for Liverpool’s under-23 outfit this term. He has five goals in eight appearances and can play as a lone striker or as part of a two.

He is quick, hardworking and looks set for a bright future in the game.


A natural stage in Brewster’s development as a top player needs to be a loan spell away from Anfield, however. This season he has played in just two Carabao Cup games and more senior football is a must for the striker.

Different option

With Forest short of striking options, the Liverpool man would certainly receive plenty of game time at the City Ground.

Mir’s lack of confidence is probably stopping Lamouchi throw his trust in him more often but confidence isn’t something that Brewster is short of.

His ability to play in a two could see him used to support Grabban in attack when Forest are in search of a goal or struggling to force a breakthrough.

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Swansea and Bristol City have promotion ambitions of their own and there is no reason at all why Forest shouldn’t try and push the boat out for Brewster either.

The arrival of a highly-rated Premier League talent from the Champions of Europe would give everyone a lift and the burden of scoring goals could slowly ease from Grabban’s shoulders.

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