Former Nottingham Forest star Andy Reid has admitted that moves to the City Ground can be “a little bit too much” for some players.

Which sounds like a warning which must be heeded now that another window has swung open.

The Reds are back in the market for fresh faces.

With scouts deployed all over the globe, the net will be spread far and wide.

The plan is to find value and unearth hidden gems.

If that search proves fruitless, then there are plenty of proven options to be explored.

All deals will, however, carry a certain degree of risk.

There are no guarantees to be found in the transfer market – particularly the January variety.

Forest have had their fingers burned on plenty of occasions in the past.


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They are not the only ones.

Dreams of securing promotion back to the Premier League are not restricted to Trentside.

The Championship boasts several ambitious outfits that have graced the top tier in the not too distant past.

Among those are current table-toppers Leeds United, with Reid conceding that clubs of that size can find it difficult to get players of the right ability and mindset.

With Forest forming part of that group, the ex-Reds midfielder told Planet Football: “They are big clubs and at times they can be difficult places to play when things aren’t going particularly well.

“You need a strong mentality, you need a winning mentality to play at those clubs. If you don’t have that strong mentality the chances are you will struggle.

“I’ve seen a lot of good players who have performed well at lesser clubs come to Forest and with the size of the club and weight of expectation they’ve found it probably a little bit too much for them.”

Sabri Lamouchi and Co are charged with the task of ensuring history does not repeat itself in 2020.


Each passing day brings with it a fresh round of speculation.

More names are added to the pot, with the rumour mill set to remain in overdrive through to the end of the month.

The likes of Aro Muric and Rafa Mir have shown this season that calculated gambles do not always pay off.

It could be that they are moved out in order to make room for more new arrivals.

Anybody brought in will, at the halfway stage of the campaign, be expected to hit the ground running.

They will also have to deal with the pressure and expectation highlighted by Reid.

With all of that taken into account, it is imperative that scouting networks get their recommendations spot on.

Find the right recruits and the big time could beckon one more.

Stumble upon a few more flops and the start of a new decade will deliver a similar second tier theme to that which dominated the last.

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