The Chalkboard: Leo Bonatini can fire Nottingham Forest into the play-offs

Nottingham Forest announced the signing of Leo Bonatini on loan from Wolves until the end of the season in a deal that has slipped under the radar somewhat, but there is no doubt that the frontman can use his memorable experience of the Championship to full effect. (via the BBC)

What can he offer Martin O’Neill upfront?

The Brazilian striker has only ever had a short taste of England’s second tier, having joined Wolves on a season-long loan deal from Al Hilal in the summer of 2017, before swapping the Championship for the Premier League following promotion.

However, in just a single season, the 24-year-old proved that he can be a deadly Championship marksman. Bonatini scored 12 goals in 29 starts under Nuno Espirito Santo as Wolves won the league, and Forest will certainly be hoping that he can replicate those numbers in the second half of the season.

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Bonatini is an excellent frontman with a clever striker’s brain, always knowing where he needs to be in the penalty box and always able to finish with aplomb. His game is similar to that of a Glenn Murray type, in which he lacks pace and athleticism, but his movement and intelligence allows him to be a yard ahead of the game.

Whose place will he take?

Well, 14-goal Lewis Grabban hasn’t scored since the beginning of December, so whilst he had an amazing start to the campaign, he looks to have tailed off. He started on the bench in the recent 3-1 win over Wigan, whilst Daryl Murphy started up front in his place – however, the Irishman only has three league goals this season.

In that respect, Bonatini should and could go straight into the starting lineup, and will hopefully provide the kick up the backside that Grabban needs to rekindle his impressive form from the early months of the campaign.

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