Nottingham Forest have experienced an acceptable start to their 2108/19 Championship campaign. One win and three draws has left The Reds in eighth, but manager Aitor Karanka will hope to make a couple of additions to ensure his side progress up the table.
New signing from Bournemouth Lewis Grabban has struggled to hit his stride at The City Ground so far this season, and Forest should look to the south coast again for a massive loan signing. That signing should be 35-year-old Jermain Defoe.
Having scored 162 Premier League goals, no one is debating Defoe’s (valued at £2.25m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) ability to find the scoresheet. However, after falling behind Joshua King and Callum Wilson in Bournemouth’s pecking order, the England international will know that his days of starting in the Premier League are numbered.
But that does not mean that Defoe cannot provide a great service to a Championship club with great aspirations. While Grabban is still finding his feet at The Reds, bringing in a man of such experience as Defoe on loan will provide a great aid. Regardless of how long the loan is, Karanka will be grateful of the addition.
Currently, Forest’s second choice striker is 35-year-old Daryl Murphy. Therefore, two 35-year-olds will serve as perfect back-up for Grabban, while not expecting to consistently start. Even if Defoe were to be a back-up to Grabban, very few would argue that he is not a better option than Murphy.
Forest have been very productive over the summer, with some very good signings, but securing the services of Defoe for this season may be the best business possible.