Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton has a huge summer ahead of him, and must build a squad capable of pulling away from the relegation spots in the coming weeks if his side are to avoid another slog at the bottom of the table again next season.
The former Rangers boss has already added Hibernian forward Jason Cummings and Rangers midfielder Barry McKay to his squad in recent weeks, but will know a few more additions are necessary if his side are to progress up the standings.
Improving a defence which shipped 72 goals in the league last season will be paramount to the former Brentford boss this summer, and Warburton should look to use director of football Frank McParland’s links with Liverpool to secure defensive reinforcements this summer.
McParland worked in a similar role at Liverpool and still has close ties with many at the Anfield outfit, and should consider using his contacts to seal an ambitious loan move for exciting young full back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The defender recently signed a new long term deal with his boyhood club, but having only made a handful of first team appearances, may feel a loan deal in which he is exposed to regular first team football will enhance his chances of making the right back berth at Anfield his own in the coming years.
The 18-year-old is a top talent, and spending a season in the Championship would allow the youngster to learn the game at an extremely competitive level, benefitting both player and parent club.
Forest are in need of quality at the back, and the young man would undoubtedly be first choice in the position under Mark Warburton.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may opt to keep the defender at the club to provide depth behind first choice left back Nathaniel Clyne, but will also realise the importance of regular first team minutes in progressing the player’s career.
It would be a real coup if Warburton and McFarland can pull this deal off, but is certainly an avenue that should look to explore.