Last season saw Nottingham Forest hit the back of the net just 61 times as they flopped to a disappointing ninth place finish, despite spending big in the previous campaign.
It was a total that came to 32 goals less than eventual Championship winners Norwich City and it has opened O’Neill’s eyes to where he needs to strengthen this summer.
Lewis Grabban was brought in last year to provide the firepower needed to launch a promotion bid and finished the campaign on a respectable 16 goals.
Joe Lolley was comfortably the most creative out of the side, hitting the back of the net 11 times and assisting 11 more for his teammates as well.
But O’Neill has made it clear that he is looking to bring in creative squad members in the summer, report the Nottingham Post.
However, how will this make Joao Carvalho feel?
Having splashed £13million on the Benfica attacking-midfielder the 21-year-old found himself out of favour under Martin O’Neill although he still managed four goals and eight assists for the season.
Many fans were calling for him to start more games and he eventually did towards the very end of the season but only 61% of the club’s league matches overall.
So this sudden call from O’Neill for more creativity may well irritate him and he would have every right to be irritated.
There is clearly something about Carvalho that O’Neill is not a fan of. But considering he is 21 and playing his first season in a foreign country, four goals and 12 assists is a very reasonable haul.
If he wants to add more creativity, play Carvalho.