Nottingham Forest should look away from Lawrence Shankland

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Looks like some moves are afoot to get Lewis Grabban some help.

Although it’s not quite the ideal move to be making all things considered.

What’s the story?

According to reports in The Scottish Sun, Nottingham Forest are set to make a move for Dundee United forward Lawrence Shankland – a transfer that could cost £2m.

The 24-year-old has been on fire so far this season, scoring 19 goals in 18 games (via Transfermarkt) and landing himself a place in the Scottish national team as a result.

Forest were reportedly after him in the summer as well but with recent stories and rumours suggesting that frontman Grabban could need a little bit of help to relieve some of the stress of carrying the team up top, then names like those of Shankland are likely to have moved further up the priority list.

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A step up or a step down?

Whenever we have discussed in the past at FFC about the forward situation at Forest, it’s always been on the caveat that whoever comes in will be a backup/rotation option for Grabban. The report states he would come in as competition but it’s hard to suggest the seven-goal striker could be dispossessed of his role.

Instead, they should be looking at someone who can start five or six games between now and the end of the season, and maybe offer something off the bench if the game has been put to bed. However, at the age of 24, he’s too old to be considered a ‘prospect’ and too young to be considered as an established veteran whose legs have gone.

Whilst a jump from the Scottish Championship to its English counterpart might be a step up in terms of career progression, it’s going to be hard to convince Shankland to go from a regular starter who is banging in goals seemingly for fun, to a bit-part player backing up Grabban in the Championship.

Will Lewis Grabban score twenty goals this season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

So whilst it might look like an enticing prospect to bring in someone who clearly knows where the goal is, it wouldn’t be a simple case of plugging him on the team and watching the goals fly into the back of the net.

It’s going to be a little bit more complicated than that. Complicated enough that it might be a transfer window too early, or indeed too late for Forest to really get the benefit out of him. After all, moving up a standard comes with its risks and he could just end up like Rafa Mir, a player who has failed to score since arriving in England.

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