Nottingham Forest take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow looking to reach round four of the competition.

The Reds face the same opposition at the same ground as they did last season. On that occasion, an Alvaro Morata double ensured a 2-0 win for the Blues.

Both sides are different now, however, and two new managers will be in the dugout. Sabri Lamouchi has Forest fourth in the Championship, with Frank Lampard in the same position in the Premier League.

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Sunday could see Forest come up against a reported target of theirs for the January transfer window.

According to The Sun, Billy Gilmour was linked with a move to Forest back in October. The piece suggested that the Reds were looking at the central midfielder ahead of the transfer window.

The 18-year-old cost Chelsea a £500,000 (Sky Sports) development fee and he is seen as a star of the future.

Lampard has trusted the youngster to play in his first-team this season. He has made five appearances for the club, including two in the Premier League.

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Forest’s main priority for this window will be a striker. Lewis Grabban has 14 goals this season but there is literally no competition for his place.

After that, some creativity in midfield would be ideal.


Forest do have lots of midfield options but creativity is lacking. Ben Watson and Ryan Yates do a similar job and Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow are also pretty similar.

If Gilmour does play against Forest this weekend they will get a glimpse of what he could offer.

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It’s not completely out of the question that he will get the nod. Lampard will probably rest some players and that could mean several young lads playing.

Whether Forest decide to go for Gilmour will remain to be seen.

The club could do a lot worse and it will be interesting to see how he gets on should he play any part of tomorrow’s contest.

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