Nottingham Forest’s club-record signing Joao Carvalho is currently facing an uncertain future at the City Ground, with the transfer window slamming shut in just over a fortnight.
The Portuguese midfielder has been in and out of the team under Sabri Lamouchi this season, with his performances often flattering to deceive since his move from Benfica last summer.
Carvalho was even left out of the squad that travelled to Reading last weekend, amid speculation linking him with a move away from the City Ground.
Forest fans are divided on Carvalho – there are some who feel that he should be playing much better for a player of his value, but there are some who feel that he needs a consistent run of games in the starting XI.
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On Twitter, Forest fans have been debating whether they would sell Carvalho on this month, in order to make way for proven Championship forward Dwight Gayle, who scored 24 goals on loan at West Bromwich Albion last term.
Forest are in need of another forward after Rafa Mir joined Huesca on Tuesday night, and cover is undoubtedly needed for leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban.
Here, then, we take a look at whether Forest fans would cash in and sign Gayle instead…
We would only get 3m for him given how average he has been. Who would waste 13m on him now ?
— MGP2019 (@MGP20191) January 15, 2020
100%. Gayle would take us up no question #Nffc
— phil Jones (@philJon22056342) January 15, 2020
— Lee Adams (@ozzyadams1980) January 15, 2020
— Cal🔴⚪️ (@nffccal) January 15, 2020
If we are serious about going up then yes.
— Matt (@sporteventsrmh) January 15, 2020
No. Carvalho is 22 with huge potential, Dwight Gayle is 29 big price & big wages. Not going to want to play second fiddle to Grabban. JC has more attributes suited to PL football than Championship and is only going to get better
— George Townsend (@GTownsend07) January 15, 2020
Tough one that. JC hasnt exactly hit the ground running has he. Plus we will be lucky to get half the 15m back
— Adam (@gras_1964) January 15, 2020
Tough question. Play JC and build a team around him then no.
Sign Gayle he won’t want to play 2nd fiddle to Grabban. Would possible require a change in formation. Can we do that? Tough call.
— Paul (@Paul__1865) January 15, 2020
— Ells (@dick_ee) January 15, 2020