Nottingham Forest supporters will be disappointed that their side failed to secure all three points in Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge, as Bristol City secured a 1-0 win at the City Ground.
It’s clear to see that improvements are still required after O’Neill’s first game in charge, but they’ll need to hurry with the January transfer window shutting in around nine days time.
Sadly, the Midlands club are lacking quality in the middle of midfield and could do with bringing in another winger to help provide more creativity in the final third.
One player who could make all the difference at the City Ground is Stoke City’s James McClean.
O’Neill worked closely with James McClean during his time as the Republic of Ireland boss, and he also gave him his debut at Sunderland. And, it is said the winger “would jump at the chance to work with O’Neill again.”
The 29-year-old has produced one goal and seven assists this season, with his pace, dribbling ability and strength making him almost impossible to dispossess at times. So, he could definitely take Forest’s midfield to another level and would slot right into proceedings, with Joe Lolley potentially operating more centrally.
Another player who could easily make his way to the City Ground is Scunthorpe United’s Funso Ojo.
Ojo is one of the best defensive midfielders in League One and has been playing well for Scunthorpe this season. And, Forest could definitely do with bringing in midfield reinforcements as they’re currently light on cover and have lacked quality at times, which could harm them in the second half of the season.
Interestingly, it’s believed (as per the Grimsby Telegraph) that Scunthorpe United are interested in taking Ryan Yates on loan, so Forest could use the midfielder in any potential deal to secure Ojo.
The 27-year-old is heading into the peak years of his football career and arguably deserves a move up the Football League ladder after witnessing his performances in the current campaign.
Therefore, it makes sense for O’Neill to make a move for the midfielder.
Nottingham Forest fans – should O’Neill make these two signings?