Date: 12th January 2018 at 2:10pm
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New Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has it all to do if he is to turn the Reds into promotion contenders this season, with the side from the East Midlands a mammoth eleven points from the playoff places.

The Spaniard is a talented, realistic boss who will most likely accept the club’s season to be over for another year, but will look to build a squad capable of challenging consistently at the top next semester. Forest fans here in The Transfer Tavern are confident in their side’s ability to challenge next year, with an abundance of phenomenal youthful players set to have another season of first-team action under their belts. The likes of Ben Brereton, Joe Worrall, Tyler Walker and Ben Osborn are some of the most talented players in the Football League, and if this talented young squad can be kept together, Forest could be onto something big. Our landlord caught up with Reds fans over a pint to discuss Karanka and the January transfer window, with fans keen to see the manager use his Spanish links to bring in players from the Iberian peninsula.

More goals are always a welcome addition to the squad, and with striker Darryl Murphy not getting any younger, and our landlord couldn’t help but suggest a move for Spanish Segunda division top scorer, Jaime Mata. The Real Valladolid striker has been in remarkable form over the first half of the season, scoring an eye-opening twenty goals, with the 29-year-old one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment. With his contract set to expire this summer, interest in the player will be high, and Karanka must utilise his links with the Spanish game to convince the player that his future lies at The City Ground. Forest have a bright future, with the potential of Premier League football within the next couple of years a real possibility, and if Mata can be added to the mix, Forest would be a fantastic bet to gain promotion next season.

Forest fans, let us know your thoughts!

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