This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Nottingham Forest have had a solid start to their Championship campaign, with Sabri Lamouchi’s side up to sixth in the table after the weekend victory over Barnsley, just two points adrift of current leaders Leeds United.
Lamouchi though is not resting on his laurels with Forest in a race with QPR, Cardiff and Huddersfield to sign Exeter City winger Randell Williams, according to a report on TEAMtalk.
Williams, 22, has enjoyed a stellar start to the season for the Grecians, notching three assists as Matty Taylor’s Exeter sit top of the League Two table.
But is Williams actually needed by Forest? would he be a good signing if he signed?
“This is an interesting one.
“Williams has started the season brilliantly at Exeter, adding three assists and helping them climb to top of League Two.
“Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah have made great starts to life at Forest but with the exit of Arvin Appiah in August, there is a gap to fill.
“This could a shrewd signing for the Reds to make but likely one that they will have to wait a few years to see the full dividends of.”
“Whether he’s needed at this moment in time is up for debate, but Williams is undoubtedly a good player with plenty of potential.
“The 22-year-old has three assists to his name already this season in League Two, and although the Championship is a step up, he’s proved he can progress in the short space of time his career has been in.
“In many ways it is encouraging to see this type of player identified as a target for Forest; there was a time not that long ago where they’d be looking abroad for a new winger.
“However, if he does sign, you’ve got to hope he doesn’t go the way of someone like Zach Clough.”
“Williams would provide a good backup option for Lolley on the right hand side.
“Aside from that I can’t honestly see him starting many games if he moved to the City Ground, as he is largely unproven at Football League level.
“He is a talented young player who they could potentially loan back to Exeter for the rest of the season.
“The versatility he provides also makes him an attractive signing, particularly as he has also operated at right back on a free occasions this season, an area where Forest have had a few problems.”