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Taking the cautious approach.
That appears to be the way Nottingham Forest are going to approach finding a potential solution to getting Lewis Grabban some help up front this season, according to journalist Sarah Clapson.
Speaking during a Q&A for Nottinghamshire Live, Clapson believed that Forest aren’t going to be making a move for any of the free agents on offer and are unlikely to make any moves until the January window.
Even then they might not be extremely proactive in trying to find a partner or replacement for Grabban:
“As for free agent strikers, think it’s going to be a case of waiting until January for any movement on that front. If anything happened to Grabban (and touch wood it doesn’t) perhaps the club would reassess then.
“But for the time being, it’s a case of going with what Forest have got. Lamouchi has previously sounded none too impressed with the free agent options out there, and made the point that it’s better to wait to get the right person in.”
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Whilst it might be the best practice to assess things properly rather than rushing into things, there does need to be a little bit of urgency when it comes to finding a solution.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to go out and buy the first big-name striker that pops into their head, but a little bit of aggression to try and find a resolution needs to be brought to the table.
Whilst Nottingham Forest got off to a great start to the season following their ten-match unbeaten run, they need to make sure that kind of run becomes the norm if they are to be serious challengers for promotion.
As the past two games have shown, Grabban isn’t going to be able to carry the load by himself as they’ve suffered back to back matches without picking up three points.
The replacements haven’t exactly offered much hope and could set Forest up for more dropped points later on in the year. After all, Rafa Mir has failed to score so far during his time under Lamouchi.
So whilst they may wait until January, that might be too late.