After another disappointing Championship campaign, Nottingham Forest remain one of the main sides desperately chasing a spot in the play-offs, despite the odds of that happening slimming by the game.
For all the effort they put into signing players over the summer, the thought was certainly that play-offs would be the minimum achievement but to not even get that shows how disappointing this season has really been.
Far stranger things have happened than a side like Forest making a late surge for the play-off places but right now, attention may be better served on the upcoming transfer market and who they can sign to improve. Indeed, after being linked with a host of players in January, Nottingham Forest should contemplate looking back through those they opted not to sign and think again.
Because a controlled, calm, midfielder in the form of Kevin McDonald would surely be a good signing for Forest.
McDonald, (who is valued at £3.6 million on Transfermarkt) played a big part in helping Fulham achieve promotion to the Premier League last season and the Championship is a division he knows well.
With just 13 appearances to his name in the Premier League, it seems for sure that alike Fulham themselves, McDonald won’t be featuring in the top flight next season. He has fallen down the pecking order with the Cottagers and may, therefore, opt for a move away from Craven Cottage this summer, given the chance.
The Scottish international – who was touted with a move to the City Ground late on during the January transfer window – is a committed player that has a good range of passing as well as the ability to break-up play and help out defensively. Looking to build a solid team for what is hopefully a sustained challenge on the top six next year, McDonald could be an ideal fit for Martin O’Neill.
Forest have already secured a couple of brilliant signings in the form of Jack Colback on loan and Yohan Benalouane on a permanent deal from Leicester City, so perhaps McDonald could be the next.
A seasoned veteran, the former Wolves and Burnley ace can bring an awful lot of experience to the Nottingham ranks, potentially becoming his Northern Irish manager’s general in the engine room, something which has certainly been a major part of his teams in years gone by.
Forest must favour the functional here and Kevin McDonald would be fantastic for that.
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