Nottingham Forest are in with a good chance of securing a play-off spot in the current campaign under Martin O’Neill if they manage to ensure consistency from here on in.
The Midlands club are certainly light on numbers in defensive areas at this moment in time as injuries continue to inflict damage on their promotion push.
Indeed, O’Neill will be hoping that his potential January transfer window signings can help launch Nottingham Forest into the play-off places. Although, with there still being plenty of improvements to be had with time running out in the transfer window, he’ll need to get a move on.
With that in mind, this is the Nottingham Forest XI O’Neill should build, with any underlying injuries being thrown out of the window…
THE NOTTINGHAM FOREST XI O’NEILL SHOULD BUILD
Costel Pantilimon has been one of the most consistent performers in the side so far this season, with a number of quality performances already under his belt.
Jack Robinson, Michael Dawson and Tendayi Darikwa are all first-team members who have excelled this season.
But, Nottingham Forest have suffered a number of defensive injuries in the current campaign, which has left them exposed at the back in recent times. But, O’Neill managed to secure the services of Yohan Benalouane recently, so things are definitely looking up in that particular department with time still left to bring more players in.
Jack Colback has been outstanding for the Midlands club so far this season, but Adlene Guedioura hasn’t always been able to ensure consistency. Interestingly, Forest have reportedly (as per Grimsby Live) shown interest in Funso Ojo, a player who could quite easily slot right into the starting XI at the City Ground. He has the ability to intercept and consistently puts in great tackles in the middle of the park, so he could be a real asset.
Joe Lolley has been used to operating on the left-hand side for Forest this season but he could be a real danger through the middle, with the ability to find the back of the net from distance. Meanwhile, Matty Cash has come on leaps and bounds on the opposite flank.
Also, O’Neill is reportedly (as per Football Insider) interested in securing the services of James McClean. The pair know each other well from their time at Sunderland and on the international stage with the Republic of Ireland. Also, the winger could provide an extra attacking spark and valuable experience at the City Ground.
Lastly, Lewis Grabban has the pace and finishing ability to help fire Martin O’Neill’s side into the play-offs.
Nottingham Forest – Thoughts?
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