It’s fair to suggest that under the management of Mark Waburton some pretty mediocre players were signed by Nottingham Forest.
The ex-Rangers boss added the likes of Jason Cummings and Barrie McKay were added to the ranks with limited success.
One man that slipped through the net for Warburton was John McGinn. The club wouldn’t allow the Hibs man to signed and instead, he would eventually sign for Aston Villa for £2.75 million (The Times).
Forest have recently been linked with Dundee United talisman Lawrence Shankland. As a result, the Reds would be wise to avoid the same mistake.
McGinn has been sensational for the Villains. He scored nine goals and registered 12 assists for Villa last season. This time around he has three goals and two assists from 12 appearances in the Premier League.
McGinn was handed a bumper deal by Villa in July, with The Scottish Sun claiming it will now take £50 million for any club to prise the playmaker away from Villa Park.
Shankland has 19 goals to his name already this season and Forest have this week been linked with a move for the hotshot striker (The Scottish Sun).
At this stage, the link to Shankland is pure speculation. With the Tangerines chasing promotion back to the Scottish Premiership, they won’t want to sell in a hurry.
There is no saying that the 24-year-old will be as successful as McGinn. Indeed, there is as much chance that he could go the same way as McKay or Cummings.
One thing that is certain is Forest’s need for another frontman.
Shankland would be a quality acquisition given his natural talent of scoring goals. The fact that £2 million is the valuation being brandished around by the Daily Record makes the addition even more plausible.
His arrival at Forest would see him become a low-risk signing. If he can produce the goods he could provide the Reds with a huge windfall in the future.
Not signing McGinn proved an error of judgement. The club must now make sure lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Scottish football often gets an ignorant appraisal from fans of English football but scoring goals is a knack and one that Shankland clearly has.
Hitting 19 goals by November is no mean feat in any league and the natural progression is his career would surely be a move to either Celtic, Rangers on the Sky Bet Championship.
At £2 million Shankland would be worth a punt. Missing out on McGinn and seeing him become a decent Premier League player should set the alarm bells going and Forest would be wise to avoid making the same mistake once more in the transfer market.