With injuries having struck, Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce has now confessed that he may dip into the loan market to get a few new faces in. ‘Psycho’ has been reluctant to draft in temporary signings as he plots to build a hungry side for a promotion push, but with two 0-0 draws in a row, he has admitted that his stance could now be altered.
So who is out there for the Forest boss to draft in? We’ve had a look through some of the Premier League’s top sides’ squads to find a few youngsters who could dip down into the Championship.
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With Pearce’s Manchester City links, a loan raid for Boyata is a possibility. The 23-year-old Belgian looks unlikely to get much game time now Eliaquim Mangala is fit, so a temporary move for game time could be appealing. Powerful and versatile, he may be a useful tool.
The ‘new Steven Gerrard’ scored on his debut for the Reds last week in a Capital One Cup clash with Middlesbrough, and despite him being just 17 a loan move could be on the cards before long. Rossiter has bags of potential, but with Liverpool pushing for league and European honours he’s unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end too often. He could however make a decent impact at Championship level.
Since scoring two goals on his Manchester United senior debut last season, Wilson has faded away. The now 18-year-old striker is tipped for big things at United, but his path into the Red Devils’ XI is one cluttered with top, top players with bags of international experience. A loan move to Forest would allow him to play and develop, and Pearce could use his goalscoring abilities.
The young German is considered to be a top talent by Arsenal, whose fans have long talked about him as the next big thing in north London. He’s yet to make any real impact on the Gunners’ first-team, but a the platform to perform may see him kick on. Forest could take a look at the 17-year-old (who will turn 18 in January).
An injury on the opening day of the Premier League campaign has forced Lingard out of the United set-up. Although his fitness is still a concern, when he’s back and firing a January loan switch to the Championship may be appealing. The youngster has experience in the division having represented Leicester and Brighton, so Pearce would be getting proven ability.