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He might need more convincing than this.
It’s the topic that’s caused much debate around the City Ground in recent times, who are Forest going to bring in to help Lewis Grabban?
Well according to the local press, the club aren’t exactly short of options when it comes to that department.
Nottinghamshire Live journalist Matt Davies has put together an article in which he lists several players that Sabri Lamouchi and his board should be looking at.
However, there is one name that has been causing a bit of a stir at his current club that stood out among the other names, and that was Leeds United’s Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah:
“The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Leeds, but it has been reported Arsenal are ready to recall him over a lack of game time at Elland Road. Nketiah scored four goals in his first six appearances for Leeds, but is yet to start a league game.
“Lamouchi might well be able to give him more opportunities, if Arsenal look to send the England Under-21 international elsewhere in the new year to gain experience.”
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The biggest issue that can be raised from that paragraph is the phrase ‘more opportunities’.
Forest need some cover for Grabban to give him rest throughout the season, and they also need someone that they can rely on so that they don’t get a repeat of the result against Wigan Athletic.
But if Lamouchi’s men did make a move for someone like Nketiah, you fear that it would simply be a case of repeating the problem just at a different location.
Whilst Nketiah may have a relatively decent scoring record for Leeds United so far this season, with five goals and an assist in 12 appearances (via Transfermarkt), he has yet to prove that he can do that over the course of ninety minutes on a regular basis – his only starts have come against Salford City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.
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So with this in mind, Nketiah could just find himself riding the bench at the City Ground, with the occasional 90 minutes perhaps once a month.
Would that be enough of a change in his circumstances to convince Unai Emery to send him to Forest? You wouldn’t think so.