Nottingham Forest have completed the double signing of Anthony Knockaert from Fulham and Kamil Grosicki from West Bromwich Albion

The Poland international fired a hat-trick for his country against Finland last week but has fallen down the pecking order at The Hawthorns.

Similarly, Knockaert is yet to play in the Premier League for Fulham this season, despite helping the Cottagers to promotion during 2019/20.

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The two new additions won’t make pleasant reading for current Reds winger Sammy Ameobi

Neither of Forest’s new recruits have been signed in time to take a place in the team at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

With that in mind, Forest’s current winger will know that he needs to show what he is capable of in Chris Hughton’s first game in charge.

It seems almost foolish to even make the suggestion that Ameobi could face a fight for his place. Last season he scored five goals and registered nine assists having arrived from Bolton on a free transfer.

Knockaert is on £35,000-a-week and Grosicki picks up £25,000-a-week and neither are expected to sign on loan without some sort of first-team football guarantee.

 

With Joe Lolley also at the club, Ameobi could be bumped down the pecking order following the new arrivals.

Both Knockaert and Grosicki have pedigree when it comes to winning promotion to the Premier League.

Given the nature of the new signings, it would certainly suggest that Hughton has identified an urgent need for wingers.

Both complement the squad nicely and surely prove useful additions for Forest as the season progresses.

For Ameobi though it could see him drop down to a bit-part role, acting as backup in the case of injuries or suspensions.

Competition

The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer and he’s be facing a real fight to try and convince Hughton that he’s worthy of an extension.

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You wouldn’t bet against the determined Ameobi sticking to his guns, knuckling down and playing out of his skin when he opportunities are forthcoming.

It seems likely that Knockaert, Grosicki would be the first choice wingers though, with Lolley competing with Luke Freeman for a spot in the No.10 role.

Only time will tell how Hughton sees things but with the newcomers now checked in, Ameobi could face a fight for a place in the team this season.

 

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