Nottingham Forest added three new players to their ranks in the January transfer window and it’s fair to say none have made an impact just yet.
Adama Diakhaby has added an element of pace but does look shy of confidence.
Gaetan Bong played an hour against Charlton, with Nuno Da Costa playing 25 minutes of the same match and then picking up an injury.
Since the January transfer window, Forest’s form has been inconsistent. Some good wins have been outweighed by some poor performances, particularly at home.
The Reds haven’t scored in three games at the City Ground since a 2-0 win over Leeds United and that is cause for concern.
With Lewis Grabban in the team, Forest do have a constant menace in attack but there isn’t much in reserve.
Tyler Walker is relatively raw, whilst Da Costs hasn’t been fit enough to play a sufficient amount of time since arriving.
One man who should have perhaps been looked at is Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan. He joined Birmingham City in January and is quite simply scoring for fun at the moment.
The 27-year-old has seven goals in eight games for the Blues, including one against Forest during his first league outing for the club.
It’s easy to see why Forest went down the foreign import route for a goalscorer. Several players signed in the summer have done well including Brice Samba, Samba Sow and Yuri Ribeiro.
Coming into a club mid-season and scoring goals is tricky though and in hindsight, the Reds should perhaps have signed someone with a Championship track record.
Hogan would have been desperate to prove a point and he is showing at Birmingham right now that he hasn’t lost his scoring touch.
The problem, of course, would have been persuading him to be back up to Grabban. It’s worth noting, however, that last season he went to Sheffield United to act as a deputy to Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick.
Hogan earns £17,500-a-week at Villa and if he is offloaded by them in the summer, Forest could certainly do a lot worse than swoop for the 27-year-old.
For now, the Reds will plough on and hope to win a promotion spot this season.
If they don’t achieve that, however, the decision not to land a proven striker in January might return to haunt Forest.