Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton has revealed that there will be no early business being done by his side, which will require Forest fans to temper their expectations in terms of wanting fresh faces in the squad.
Yesterday’s 1-0 win away at Preston North End stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run to five games, and it was all thanks to Lewis Grabban’s contentious second half penalty.
Forest and Brice Samba in particular held firm from a strong closing effort from the Lilywhites to record their first three points on the road since October, and the result once again dragged them out of the relegation zone.
As ever though in January, focus has quickly switched to where Forest can improve on their squad and considering they’re in the lower reaches of the Championship table, there’s a little bit of work that needs to be done.
The majority of yesterday’s starting line-up was one that played a key part in Forest almost reaching last season’s play offs, so it’s clear to see that the Tricky Trees are underachieving, but Hughton has time to turn it around.
He’s not expecting any business to occur in the first week of the window though, as all focus shifts to their FA Cup clash with Cardiff City next weekend instead.
“Most work seems to get done in the second half of January, as opposed to the first half,” Hughton told the Nottingham Post.
“But we will try.
“January is always very difficult and we have got to make sure that anything we do adds to what we have got and improves us, otherwise there is no point.
Forest may end up paying for a ridiculously busy summer window, where they brought in 14 new additions to the first team squad, so any room to manouevre will likely be minor.
The future of Fulham loanee Anthony Knockaert is up in the air with no confirmation that he will extend his stay until the end of the season, and if that’s the case then a new winger will surely be on Hughton’s agenda.
Aside from that, any other positions being targeted are pretty much an unknown – but Forest fans should not expect anything about new signings for at least one or two more weeks.