As we are in the middle of January, everyone knows that the winter transfer window is up and running.
Despite its summer sibling, this window tends to be fairly quiet for the Premier League teams, some players a bought/sold and loaned out and usually is not really appreciated as much as the lower tier teams.
With that said, the January transfer window can be a very important time for the Championship teams as they try to continue their surge in getting promoted to the Premier League, or maybe trying to survive that dreaded drop.
For one of those teams in the Championship, things are not looking too good.
Forest & Lansbury
Nottingham Forest are rumoured to have lost one of their best midfielders in present day and captain of the team Henri Lansbury.
After rejecting offers from Derby County and issuing clubs to keep their hands off the former Arsenal man, it seems that he is heading to Aston Villa on 3 million deal.
It’s a shame that Forest are unable to keep the midfielder because each season I believe that the club have what it takes to at least reach the play-offs, and get back into the big times and emulate their once rich history which is evident in this infographic.
Losing Lansbury comes at the wrong time for Forest as they currently seem themselves in 20th in the Championship table on a 4th match losing streak, so to lose one of their best players now can be disastrous for the latter part of the season.
Osborn and Newcastle
So Forest might have accepted the Lansbury bid, but to make things worse, there are further rumours that Newcastle are interested in Ben Osborn, another Forest midfielder, however they have told Newcastle that the player isn’t available.
The Nottingham Post is reporting growing interest in Osborn which sees the most reliable source being Newcastle and the Magpies have made enquiries about his availability, and it seems to be a reflecting issue like the Lansbury deal.
They originally said that the player was not for sale and then ended up being forced to play their hand and sell the midfielder.
It doesn’t bode well with the Ben Osborn situation either because after their recent defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup, Osborn stated that the manner of their defeat was ‘embarrassing’ so does indicate that Osborn has now given up on his desire to play for Forest? Only time will tell as we progress through this transfer window.
If these two players were to leave the club, it will truly show dangers signs for the team’s position in the Championship.
They are at risk of losing two of their best players and the spine of their midfield.
If the two were to go and the club are unable to find any reasonable replacements, then they could be dragged into that relegation zone thus ending up in League One.
We’re only half way through the window so if the players were to go, there’s still time to find replacements, but the big IF is… will they be able to find talent that matches with Osborn and Lansbury.