Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton wants new attacking players this summer, with Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke reportedly one of the options.
The Northern Echo has linked the Reds with a move for the 30-goal striker. He does however prefer a move to Celtic who he’s currently talking to.
Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor at currently the two strikers in place on Trentside. The latter has been linked with a move away from the club, however.
Taylor hasn’t really hit the ground running at Forest. He scored five goals in all competitions last season the Reds need better for the 2021/22 campaign.
If the 30-year-old does leave, Hughton will need another striker, but is Wyke really the player Forest need this summer?
Charlie Wyke is not what Forest need
Few could deny that the Sunderland man is in sensational form last season. His 30 goals fired Sunderland to Wembley in the EFL Trophy final and also helped them reach the play-offs.
He has been the type of striker to come alive in the box, is strong in the air and also links up well with other players. Wyke has been a superb player for Sunderland – but he isn’t good enough for Forest.
Firstly, Wyke is 28 at the moment. He has arguably hit his prime and handing him a long-term deal would make little sense at this stage given that a decline could take place in the next couple of years.
Next, Wyke has never actually kicked a ball in anger during a Championship game of football. He has plenty of experience in League One and Two but despite his age, he’s yet to taste the second tier.
There’s also an argument that signing a striker on the back of one really strong season is just too much of a risk for Forest to take this summer.
Giving Grabban another chance would be a better option for Forest
This opinion won’t go down well with some supporters. The 33-year-old scored six goals and struggled with injuries more often than not last season.
He hasn’t become a bad player overnight though. It’s clear that Forest need a younger option but if Taylor is going, the Reds should keep hold of Grabban.
The talisman has scored 43 goals in 115 appearances for Forest and often captained the side during 2020/21.
Despite what some supporters believe, it seems as though Grabban is a respected member of the dressing room at the City Ground.
With Forest likely to target a younger striker, keeping the ex-Bournemouth man around the club could be a good move.
Wyke won’t be the only option on Forest’s list this summer and him moving to Celtic doesn’t look like such a bad move.