Nottingham Forest were linked with Lawrence Shankland for some time before he moved to Belgian outfit Beerschot during the summer transfer window.

Rangers and Celtic were also heavily linked with the striker who scored goals for fun at Ayr and Dundee United in the Scottish lower leagues.

It was claimed that Shankland would cost around £2 million, although he headed to Belgium in a deal worth around half of that.

Forest pursued other options but a quick look at how Shankland is progressing perhaps showcases some promise.

Forest Shankland
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The youngster is taking some time to get up to speed playing in a European top-flight.

He has netted twice in nine outings and of late he’s highlighted that he can be a man for the big occasion.

In recent weeks he has scored his first two goals for his new club. His first came during a 4-2 defeat to Anderlecht, with his second coming at the weekend as Beerschot defeated Genk 2-0.

 

Shankland’s goal at the weekend came after just four minutes and scoring against a renowned side should boost his confidence.

His goalscoring record at Dundee United was remarkable. He bagged 40 times in 74 appearances and his departure has left them with a big hole to fill.

Should Forest have moved for Shankland?

Maybe. The striker certainly fits the profile of a player that CEO Dane Murphy would be happy spending money on.

At 26, he is in the right age bracket, albeit at the top end of it and perhaps that was why Forest chose not to move.

Forest Shankland
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Lewis Grabban does have eight goals to his name this season and it’s fair to say he’s got a bit more left in the tank.

Given that the Championship is a demanding league, perhaps some at the club had reservations over Shankland.

He’s shown in games against Anderlecht and Genk that he’s up to the challenge though and at £1 million, he could have proved a steal.

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