Nottingham Forest are keen on signing Jerry Yates from Blackpool, according to Football Insider.

The 16 goal talisman is wanted by several Championship clubs, with Blackburn and Bristol City also in the mix.

Yates fired two goals for the Tangerines on Tuesday night as they beat Peterborough 3-1 to enter the play-off picture.

Following news that Forest could be interested in signing the 24-year-old, we looked at two pros and two cons to the club doing a deal.

Pro: A clear change in strategy

Forest supporters are crying out for the scatter-gun approach which sees players check in from all four corners of the continent come to an end.

The lower leagues are blessed with some real gems – and Yates would represent one of those talents.

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Forest have settled for mediocre for too long, with plenty of players signed for one final pay-day.

The signing of a player who has worked his way through the divisions would be a massive step in the right direction.

Con: How much?

His ยฃ2 million price tag might seem cheap to some but Yates is far from the finished article.

Given the way the land lies right now, Forest will need to make sure every single penny is spent wisely in the summer.

 

The report claims that ยฃ2 million could land the striker but Forest should tread carefully.

Yates looks a handy player but the valuation for a player who is still striving for consistency could be somewhat high.

Pro: More than just goals

Yates knows where the back of the net is but for any striker Forest pursue that should be a mandatory requirement.

Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban are the sort of strikers who come alive in the penalty area and perhaps Yates can provide a more rounded option.

Some statistics by Henshaw Analysis show that Yates boasts particularly impressive movement, whilst his link-up play has also been quality during 2020/21.

Having a different option in the attack wouldn’t be a bad thing and his extra qualities make him an attractive signing.

Con: Better options available

As good as Yates has been this season, this will be his first where he has scored regular goals in League One.

That doesn’t make him a bad player of course but expecting him to make an instant impact in the Championship would be a risk.

Blackpool v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One
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Boss Hughton might therefore prefer to sign a striker with a better pedigree in the second tier during the summer.

After struggling for goals during 2020/21, the club must ensure they nail the search for a striker during the summer.

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