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‘Could well become a long-term asset’ – Nottingham Forest eye exciting EFL talent: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

MK Dons playmaker Scott Twine is on Nottingham Forest’s radar, according to Nottinghamshire Live

Twine has been in remarkable form this term, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists, and he’s a player that the Reds are interested in.

But would the 22-year-old be a good signing? And do they need him?

Our FLW writers issue their verdicts…

Can you name which club Nottingham Forest signed these 28 defenders from?

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Steve Cook

Declan Harte

Scott Twine would be a big signing for Nottingham Forest. The striker has 11 goals and eight assists to his name in League One this season, and if he can make the step up to the Championship then this will be a very shrewd signing.

There’s no guarantee he will slip right in like a glove, but the talent he has shown this season indicates he is ready for the leap up a division.

Forest are lacking an out-and-out consistent goal scorer. Lewis Grabban has 10 league goals so far this season, which isn’t bad by any means. But if the Reds want to seriously challenge for promotion this season then they need someone they can rely on for goals.

With no obvious 25-goal a season striker out there, taking the risk on Twine looks a no-brainer as a handy alternative.

Adam Jones

Without talking about the specific player, this is the sort of signing Forest should be going for in their quest to build for the long term.

They may have recruited some shrewd loanees – but they risk destabilising the squad in the summer if they bring more in because of the void it would leave in the squad.

Staying on the right side of FFP is also crucial – but ensuring no more temporary players come in is crucial.

In terms of Twine, he has been superb for MK Dons this season. Recording 11 goals and eight assists in 23 league games, he’s a player certainly worth investing in and at 22, he’s only likely to get better.

Many would question whether he’s ready to take the step up to the second tier and how many minutes he would get on the pitch – and they would have a point on the second issue.

With Philip Zinckernagel able to step in as an attacking midfield player, this deal could potentially be left alone until the summer. And financially, that could make sense unless a high-profile sale is made at the City Ground, something that’s unlikely to happen whilst the Reds are pushing for promotion.

Toby Wilding

This does look as though it could be a very good piece of business for Nottingham Forest.

Admittedly, when you look at the options in their squad at the minute, another central midfielder may not be an obvious priority for Steve Cooper’s side.

However, when you look at the form that he is producing for MK Dons at the minute, it is clear he should be playing at a higher level than League One, and at 22-years-old, he does have the ability to improve even further.

As a result, you feel this could be Forest’s best chance of securing a deal for a player who could well become a long-term asset for the club, something that is arguably not the case with some of their other current options in the centre of the park.

With that in mind, it could make sense for Forest to try and secure this deal now, before another club beat them to it.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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