Joe Worrall has admitted that Nottingham Forest need to sign a striker this month to take some of the pressure off Lewis Grabban, but is aware that it could be difficult for the club to do so.
Forest have made a promising start to the season in the Championship and promotion looks a real possibility. However, head coach Sabri Lamouchi is keen to sign a new striker this month to provide some cover and competition for Grabban.
Grabban has been excellent for Forest this season and is the Reds’ top scorer in the Championship, having contributed 14 of their 35 league goals so far this term.
However, aside from Grabban, Forest have a lack of options up front. On-loan Wolves striker Rafa Mir has struggled to make an impact and Tyler Walker is currently out on loan at Lincoln City.
The Reds have been linked with signing several different strikers this month, including Brighton’s Glenn Murray, Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle and Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
Forest defender Worrall believes that the Reds could do with signing another forward and has admitted that the Reds would struggle without Grabban’s goals, although he admitted that bringing a new striker this month could be tricky.
Worrall told The Athletic: “Of course I would be positive if the club signed a striker. Because we only have Rafa (Mir) and ‘Grabbs’. We have Tyler out on loan, where he is smashing in goals. He is a really good player.
“But if you look at where we are lacking numbers, it is up front. It is an area where we are not lacking quality, but we are lacking bodies.
“It is particularly hard in January to pluck a good striker from somewhere, for the right money, without the situation getting silly.
“But yes, we do need to score more goals. If you were to take Lewis out of the team, where would we be? We do need to help him. We need to find goals from somewhere else.”
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I completely agree with Worrall here. Grabban has been excellent for Nottingham Forest so far this season, but the Reds are in danger of becoming over-reliant on him.
If they’re going to maintain their promotion push going into the second half of the season, they’ve got to start scoring more goals and signing a new striker this month is the best way of solving that problem.
In my opinion, Forest have simply got to make sure that they sign a new striker before the end of the window, otherwise they could be in trouble.
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