Nottingham Forest could head to Barnsley on Wednesday night minus their main talisman.

Lewis Grabban limped out of the action on Saturday as Forest drew 1-1 with Millwall at the City Ground.

His replacement, Lyle Taylor struggled. That’s not being unfair on the former Charlton man but for whatever reason, he just doesn’t seem right at the moment.

That leaves boss Steve Cooper with a conundrum to crack ahead of the trip to Oakwell.

One man could come into the fold though and Xande Silva would represent a man with a point to prove.

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The youngster arrived for £200,000 from West Ham on transfer deadline day. Within minutes of arriving many fans had written him off as a flop.

That does seem unfair though. Silva was starved of a proper chance at the Hammers and spent much of his time out on loan.

He played just twice for West Ham despite spending three years with the Eastenders.

Silva spent time with Aris in Greece last season. His goal record of four goals in 33 games is hardly eyewatering, although he did spend much of his time on the wing.

Since arriving at the City Ground, the 24-year-old has been getting his fitness up to scratch.

 

He played 24 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough but with the game gone, he struggled to impose himself.

Plenty of attacking players were stifled under Chris Hughton and it seemed unlikely that Silva would be any different.

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It’s a really difficult situation for Silva. He arrived and within weeks the manager has been sacked and he now has to impress all over again.

It won’t have done his confidence much good to not be included in Cooper’s first 18 on Saturday; although, that could be purely down to his fitness levels.

Taylor is an experienced performer and with that in mind, he’s going to have to show more than he did on Saturday.

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He did have a good chance in the second half but he offered very little in terms of holding the ball up.

Will Swan is banging them in for the under-23s, although he may be deemed too raw to be starting Championship games.

That could open the door to Silva and if he impresses Cooper the Forest boss could make him a regular part of his plans.

The ball is in the court of the ex-West Ham man.

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