Nottingham Forest tasted defeat at home against Bristol City in Martin O’Neill’s first game as manager of the Reds.
The in-form Robins secured a battling 1-0 win at the City Ground to deny the Forest legend a fairytale return.
Following the game, O’Neill spoke about his desire to bring in some players during the transfer window; stating that it could be something he looks at this week.
“Do you know what? We will have a little look at that. Because we would like to strengthen, because we have injuries and we have a few longer-term injuries, with boys who are going to be out for six or seven weeks.”
Several names will be bandished around between now and the end of the window and Forest will definitely need some reinforcements as the injuries rack up.
The latest player to be linked with a move to the City Ground is Scunthorpe United’s Funso Ojo, according to Scunthorpe Live.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been in fine form for the Iron this season and is now thought to be a wanted man.
With Forest’s interest now apparent, Seat Pitch looked at the potential pros and cons towards such a deal coming to fruition.
If Martin O’Neill is going to persist with playing the 4-4-2 as per Saturday then he will need to freshen up things in the middle of the park.
With Claudio Yacob and Jack Colback both defensive-minded, Forest struggled to really boast any creative spark at the weekend.
Adlene Guedioura has looked out of sorts lately; whilst Liam Bridcutt and Ben Watson are both defensive and way down the pecking order at the moment.
Forest could do with a new midfielder if 4-4-2 is going to be the shape that O’Neill wants to go with, so why not Ojo.
If the Reds can land Ojo they would likely get themselves a player keen to make a mark on a division which he is yet to grace.
Some supporters did question the commitment of some players following Saturday’s loss and a hungry player who is keen to impress could go down a treat.
If Forest are genuinely serious about making the playoffs this season then players need to come in and make an instant impact.
Given that he hasn’t played in the Championship before there could be a settling in period and it poses the question of whether that is a risk Forest can afford to take.
Alongside the fact that he isn’t a proven performer in the second tier his arrival would likely see Ryan Yates pushed out.
Academy graduate Yates has been on the Forest bench in recent weeks and there is a sense that he is on the cusp of his league debut.
Signing another midfielder would almost certainly see such an opportunity pass him by.