When Nottingham Forest take to the field against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday, seven months will have passed since a striker other than Lewis Grabban scored for the Reds.

The last side to be breached by an alternative option? QPR.

Said outing came on April 27.

Admittedly there has been a summer break between then and now, but we are up to November 27.

And are preparing for a return to Loftus Road.

The scene of Karim Ansarifard’s match-winner back in the spring.

Since that outing in the capital, Grabban has registered seven goals for Forest – with all of those coming in the current campaign.

He is the only recognised frontman to have hit the net.

The 2018-19 season came to a close with a 1-0 victory over Bolton secured courtesy of a Joe Lolley effort.

Exits

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Grabban started that game, with Daryl Murphy introduced off the bench.

There was then much change during pre-season, with a number of forwards heading for the exits.

Murphy formed part of that exodus as he headed to Bolton.

Jason Cummings left for Shrewsbury, the experiment on Leo Bonatini was written off, while Tyler Walker and Virgil Gomis were allowed to seal loan switches to Lincoln and Macclesfied respectively.

Apostolos Vellios headed back to Greece, where he was joined by Hilal Soudani, and Ansarifard left for Qatar.

The only attacking incoming was Rafa Mir, who arrived on a season-long agreement from Wolves.

It is fair to say he has failed to convince across 11 appearances and 138 minutes of Championship football.

Responsibility

 

Forest are very much reliant on Grabban in the final third of the field.

Which is fine, as he positively revels in a role with added responsibility.

The January transfer window is also fast approaching.

It would be a surprise – and slight cause for concern – if another frontman were not to arrive over the winter.

Sabri Lamouchi is not looking for another starter in a system which favours a lone striker, but competition and squad depth is required.

Forest need an alternative to their No.7.

He is one of the very best in the business at Championship level, but a risk is run every time Grabban takes to the field.

Injury and/or suspension does not bear thinking about.

Another reliable option to help carry the burden, and ensure that another seven months do not pass without the goals being shared around, is essential as memories of the past are rekindled and hopes for the future assembled.

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