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Sheffield United? Nottingham Forest? Brentford stay? Marcus Forss’ next steps as January looms



With the transfer window set to open this weekend, it will be intriguing to see what the future holds for Brentford striker Marcus Forss.

As revealed by Football League World earlier this month, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United are both believed to be interested in the possibility of signing Forss on a temporary deal from the Bees.

It is understood that Brentford will be willing to sanction a loan move for the 22-year-old who is also being tracked by clubs in Germany and France.

Here, we have decided to take a look at what Forss’ next steps could be as January looms…

Join Sheffield United

With Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom keen to stamp his authority on the club’s squad in January following his recent appointment, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he signs several players next month.

Having featured on 39 occasions in the Championship last season, Forss knows exactly what it takes to compete at this level and thus it shouldn’t take him too long to adapt to life at Bramall Lane if he seals a switch to United.

However, Forss will need to overcome a major hurdle in order to become a regular starter at the club during the second-half of the season as the Blades are currently able to call upon the services of Lys Mousset, Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, Rhian Brewster and Oliver McBurnie.

With there being no guarantee that the Finland international will be able to overtake these aforementioned players in the pecking order at United, it could be argued that he should steer clear of making a move to the club.

Move to Forest

Forest boss Steve Cooper is believed to be in the market for a striker in January and thus Forss may fit the bill.

In the 50 games that the forward has played at this level during his career, Forss has managed to find the back of the net on nine occasions whilst he has also chipped in with one assist.

Although the Reds do have Lewis Grabban at their disposal, the 33-year-old has been used in a left-wing position in recent weeks by Cooper who has transformed the club’s fortunes since being drafted in as a replacement for Chris Hughton.

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When you consider that Cooper has an excellent track-record of getting the best out of young players, there is no reason why he cannot replicate this feat with Forss if the forward secures a temporary switch to the City Ground.

Stay at Brentford

Although Brentford are keen to send Forss out on loan in January, he may end up staying at the club if they cannot negotiate a deal with another club.

Although Forss has managed to score five goals in the League Cup this season, he will need to improve his performances in the Premier League in the coming months.

Currently averaging an underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.16 in the top-flight, the forward has yet to find the back of the net at this level and is currently behind Ivan Toney in the pecking order at the club.

A failure to step up the mark for the Bees could have a negative impact on Forss’ development and thus it could be argued that a move elsewhere may be exactly what he needs at this stage of his career.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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Article title: Sheffield United? Nottingham Forest? Brentford stay? Marcus Forss’ next steps as January looms

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