Forest were handed a glimpse of Derby starlet Lee Buchanan yesterday. He made a return to the Rams side after missing two months with a knee injury. Based on his performance yesterday, the Reds shouldn’t even consider signing him.

Max Lowe highlighted his class in the left wing-back role. If Forest are even remotely considering the purchase of a left-back, the 24-year-old has to be right at the top of the list.

Buchanan was given a torrid time by Djed Spence and Brennan Johnson. He was often caught out of position, looked weak in the challenge and seemed overawed by the derby-day occasion.

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Some will point to the face that it’s merely one performance. Forest won’t have been overly impressed by what they saw yesterday and perhaps Buchanan will be popped on the backburner.

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Forest CEO Dane Murphy was desperate to sign the Derby man in the summer. The Reds had three bids of around £1 million rejected by the Rams and perhaps a lucky escape has been earned.

Wayne Rooney maintains that no players will be sold against his wishes this month; despite the club’s ongoing fight with administration.

Buchanan might well be on Forest’s list but perhaps they’d be better off looking elsewhere.

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Of course, everyone is entitled to a bad game. Buchanan just didn’t seem right yesterday and although he’s only young, Forest could be wise to look elsewhere.

At a couple of million, Buchanan wouldn’t be an expensive option. That said, Forest will want to ensure they attract the very best players into their squad.

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Lowe is an example of a player who has come to Forest with a point to prove. If Sheffield United don’t want to keep him at Bramall Lane, the Reds need to be having a conversation.

Forest will almost certainly go for a left-back in the summer. On the evidence of yesterday, they’d be wise to steer well clear of Buchanan.

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