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‘He would be a big downgrade’ – Nottingham Forest outcast to Derby: The verdict

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With the arrival of Lewis Grabban and Hillal Soudani, it does not look like many of the strikers already at Forest last season will be getting much of a look in this season. 

One of those men who is unlikely to get much, if any, game time for Forest is striker Jason Cummings.

The 22-year-old signed at the start of last season from Hibs but failed to have any impact in the first half of the season, scoring just once in 14 games.

That form saw him shipped back up to Scotland on loan to spend the second half of the season with Rangers, where he only scored once in 10 league appearances.

One man who could feel he has what it takes to get the best out of Cummings, however, is Derby County manager Frank Lampard.

With the Rams keen to cut costs and with Matej Vydra seemingly on his way out, a signing like Cummings could be just what the doctor ordered.

But should the Rams take a punt on the Scot?

We discuss…

Gary Hutchinson 

No, only because he’d be on the back foot from the start. Crossing the East Midlands divide isn’t easy and Cummings needs a move that helps coax him back to life.

He’s good enough, but he doesn’t need that additional pressure after his dismal Forest spell.

George Dagless

I don’t think so.

Cummings is a decent player and works hard but he’s not proven himself at this level so far.

Derby need to bring in players that will definitely improve their squad and though Cummings might he would be a bit of a risk.

Alfie Burns

It’d be a huge risk from Lampard.

Cummings has talent, but he’s failed to show it in the Championship.

He’s only 22, and in the future he could have an impact in English football, but right now, he doesn’t look ready.

Chris Gallagher 

That would be interesting.

Cummings was great in Scotland and does have potential and Derby do need a new forward. He has good movement and is a cool finisher, so for the right price they should consider it.

Jay Williams 

I think there are much better options out there for Derby.

To go from targeting Tammy Abraham to signing Jason Cummings would be a big downgrade for the Rams.

After failing to impress at Nottingham Forest, Cummings either needs a return to Scotland or a loan to League One.

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