Lawrence Shankland is a name that just won’t go away when it comes to being linked with Nottingham Forest. It’s fair to say, however, the striker is running out of time when it comes to securing a move to the Championship.
The 25-year-old has caught the eye for two scintillating seasons in the Scottish lower leagues.
During 2018/19 he fired 34 goals for Ayr United and after earning a move to Dundee United he bagged another 28 goals in their promotion-winning campaign.
This season has been a bit of a struggle for the talisman though. Shankland hasn’t been at his prolific best, scoring just twice in nine Premiership appearances.
He did miss five games with an ankle problem but his form might have seen some of the interest from south of the border waver somewhat.
Forest could find themselves in the market for another striker during the January transfer window.
Lewis Grabban was linked with a move to Qatar recently and if that is a move he wishes to pursue, the Reds will need to bolster their ranks.
It has been mooted in the past that Forest were prepared to pay £2 million to land the lethal finisher – and he’s likely to still be on the radar.
The clock is ticking
Shankland is undoubtedly a good finisher and he is the sort of player that comes alive in the penalty area.
His form right now will surely represent a small worry for any potential suitors at the moment.
Although he has fired goals in the lower leagues for fun, his inability to continue his red hot streak in the Premiership won’t help his chances of a move.
At 25 there is still enough time for him to improve but if a move is in his sights he will need to hit the goal trail once again pretty soon.
Scott McKenna is proof that signings from Scotland can work but he was a standout performer in the Premiership for a few years.
Tasked with scoring goals, Forest would need Shankland to hit the ground running and not become Jason Cummings 2.0 at the City Ground.
The next six weeks could be crucial for the Scotland international when it comes to him earning a big move in his career.