Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has admitted that he believes that Nottingham Forest should be setting their sights on securing a top-10 finish in the Championship this season.
The Reds made an extremely poor start to the 2021/22 campaign as they lost six of their opening seven league games.
As a result of this woeful run of results, Forest decided to part ways with Chris Hughton in September and have subsequently replaced him with Steve Cooper.
The Reds have managed to pick up their performance levels under the guidance of the Welshman in recent weeks
After securing a point in their clash with Millwall, Forest secured a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Barnsley thanks to goals from Brennan Johnson, Lewis Grabban and Philip Zinckernagel.
Cooper’s side then backed up this particular display by sealing all three points in their clash with Birmingham City earlier this month.
Set to face Blackpool at the City Ground this weekend, Forest will be determined to deliver an eye-catching performance in-front of their own supporters.
Making reference to the Reds, Prutton has insisted that the club should now be aiming to push on in the Championship.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, the former Forest player said: “They did underachieve, drastically underachieve under Chris [Hughton] and off the start with Sabri [Lamouchi] last season.
“So the makeup is there with good young players like Brennan Johnson who we’ve gone on about so many times and as Jobi [McAnuff] says about Lewis Grabban.
“The right balance between experience and that wonderful youthful exuberance should see a Forest side again with sights set firmly on at least the top-10.”
It is hard to disagree with Prutton’s comments regarding Forest’s ambitions as Cooper is currently able to call upon some classy operators who know what it takes to deliver the goods at this level.
A stand-out performer for Forest this season, Johnson has been directly involved in five goals in 11 appearances and is currently averaging a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.73.
Meanwhile, Grabban has recently managed to step up to the mark for the Reds as he has scored in three of his last four league appearances.
Providing that this particular duo are able to help Forest secure victory over Blackpool, there is no reason why the club cannot use the momentum gained from this result to move up the Championship standings in the coming weeks.