Chris Hughton will be on the hunt for attacking reinforcements this summer as he looks to solve Nottingham Forest’s goalscoring woes.
The Reds have struggled to find the net on a regular basis this season, scoring 30 goals in 38 Championship matches. Their leading goalscorer is Lyle Taylor with five goals to his name, and ‘own goals’ is their second-highest goalscorer with four.
Hughton will be looking to add more firepower to his ageing attacking line this summer, with Blackpool’s Jerry Yates recently emerging as a target for the Reds.
Football Insider report that Forest, as well as Blackburn and Bristol City, are interested in the 24-year-old, who could be set to cost around £2million this summer.
Yates scored 13 goals to help Swindon Town win automatic promotion from League Two last season, but was surprisingly overlooked by parent club Rotherham United and sold to Blackpool in the summer.
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The forward has been in fine form for the Tangerines, scoring 16 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. 14 of those goals have come in 33 League One outings, with his brace against Peterborough United in midweek taking Neil Critchley’s side up to sixth in the table.
There is certainly scope for Forest to bring in a young, up and coming forward in Yates. Lewis Grabban, Taylor and Glenn Murray all aged 30 and over, with the latter set to be out of contract in the summer.
The potential arrival of Yates will highly depend on Murray’s future and whether the 37-year-old wishes to extend his stay at the City Ground, or indeed whether the manager wants him to remain on Trentside or not.
In fact, it remains to be seen what lies in store for any of Forest’s current attacking options. Lewis Grabban was heavily linked with a move away from the City Ground in the summer, with Sabri Lamouchi looking to reunite with last season’s top goalscorer in Qatar.
Grabban is Hughton’s first-choice striker at the moment, though, and the addition of Yates could push Taylor further down the pecking order.
The 30-year-old, as alluded to before, is Forest’s leading goalscorer, but only 13 of the striker’s 33 Championship appearances have been starts this season. If the club put their faith in Yates, then you’d imagine him to be at the forefront of Hughton’s plans instead of Taylor.
It is a signing which would certainly excite fans, and one that could signal a change of direction for Forest.