Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that Nottingham Forest are one of a number of Championship clubs interested in signing Leicester City midfielder Andy King on loan this month, but if the Reds do get a deal over the line for the 30-year-old, where would he fit in at The City Ground?
New Forest manager Martin O’Neill made an instant change for his first match in charge against Bristol City last weekend as he switched away from predecessor Aitor Karanka’s preferred 4-2-3-1 system by using a 4-4-2 formation.
While Daryl Murphy was the big winner from the alteration as he came in and partnered Lewis Grabban in attack, record signing Joao Carvalho was the big loser as he remained out of the starting XI – having lost his long run of consecutive Championship starts against Reading previously following Karanka’s exit.
The former Republic of Ireland boss went with Jack Colback and Claudio Yacob in the centre, but he would have yet another selection headache if he pulled off a deal for Wales international King.
Carvalho and Adlene Guedioura both missed out on the team against the Robins as they found themselves on the substitutes’ bench, and you would assume that if King arrived at The City Ground he would be in the XI.
In a 4-4-2 formation he would be a more attacking option than either Colback or Yacob in the middle of the park, but his arrival would also surely push Carvalho and Guedioura further down the pecking order.
Colback and King could conceivably be O’Neill’s first-choice pair given their abilities from both a defensive and offensive point of view, and it would hardly be a glowing endorsement of where the aforementioned Algerian and Portuguese duo stand under their 66-year-old manager.
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