Six loan signings Nottingham Forest should consider

Nottingham Forest recently delved into the loan market with a move for Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams. The Wales international is a welcome addition to side currently struggling to string any sort of consistency together.

Dougie Freedman has a decent enough spine to call on, and any side with Henri Lansbury in it will always have a chance. However, they are struggling to connect their midfield with their attack, with striker Dexter Blackstock and Chris O’Grady often seeming isolated.

The club are entering their 17th season away from the Premier League, and the project embarked upon by their Kuwati owners has never truly taken off. Club legend Stuart Pearce was unable to lead them back into the big time, despite some good form in the early days of his tenure.

They are not far off a good team, but could use some astute temporary additions if they are to push for the playoffs.

MIKE WILLIAMSON

Mike Williamson

The Newcastle defender may not be the most awe inspiring addition the City Ground club could possibly make, but an astute one nonetheless. Former Forest player Jamaal Lascelles looks to have taken Williamson’s place at St. James’ – as well as the arrival of Chancel Mbeba.

The former Portsmouth man would add an experienced head to the Forest back-line, something that could be vital in a gruelling league such as the Championship. He also provides an aerial threat at the opposite end of the pitch.

EMANUEL RIVERIE

Emmanuel Riviere

Williamson’s Newcastle teammate Emmanuel Riverie hasn’t had the best time of it up in the North East. However, a loan move and a run of first team games could be just what the former Monaco man needs.

The former French youth international can play as a leading man, or on either wing and used to mix with the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriquez.

Though often frustrating, his two goals against Crystal Palace last year show there is talent in the player. Somewhere at least. A move to Forest could work wonders for all.

LLOYD ISGROVE

Lloyd Isgrove

The Southampton youngster could do with a run in a first-team. The Saints’ famed academy has produced some wonderful talents over the years – and the Welshman could be next in line.

He’s previously impressed at Sheffield Wednesday, and is versatile enough to play on either flank. As you might expect from a Southampton academy graduate, he’s comfortable in possession and could form a classy double act with Henri Lansbury.

JOE COLE

Joe Cole (West Ham) - £50k-a-week

The forgotten man. Once a hugely talented young footballer, he now finds himself in the wilderness at Aston Villa. The former Chelsea man is exactly the sort of between-the-lines player Freedman’s side are crying out for.

Despite recent stagnation in his career, Cole has played for some huge clubs and won some huge trophies. If Forest are still struggling to break things down, they could do a lot worse than bringing in the player.

JONATHAN WALTERS

Jonathan Walters CH

The Stoke man seemed set for a move away from the club, but ultimately stayed despite a transfer request.

The Republic of Ireland international is a proven Premier League player, and could prove an excellent addition to a side bidding for promotion.

Able to operate either on the right flank, or as a striker, his tireless work in the front third could prove the spark Freedman and his side need to shoot up the league.

DWIGHT GALE

Dwight Gayle

After completing a fairy-tale rise up the ranks from non-league, all the way to the Premier League, the 25-year old has fallen in the pecking order under Alan Pardew.

A move to Bristol City collapsed over the summer, so it’s clear Crystal Palace are willing to sell. He would provide energy and a poacher’s instinct up front for a Championship side, and is another who can be deployed in a variety of positions across the front line.