As things stand, there is one very noticeable area of their squad that Nottingham Forest are yet to address in the summer transfer window.

Arijanet Muric has bolstered the goalkeeping department.

Yuri Ribeiro adds depth to the defensive ranks at left-back.

Sammy Ameobi and Tiago Silva bring creativity on the flanks and in the middle of midfield, while Alfa Semedo is another hard-working option in the engine room.

A process started by Martin O’Neill has been built upon by Sabri Lamouchi.

With the promise of more to come.

Free agent Albert Adomah has become the latest arrival at the City Ground.

He will, like Ameobi, help to lighten the load on playmakers such as Joao Carvalho and Joe Lolley.

What, though, of the final third of the field?

Nothing doing so far.

Exits

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There have been departures, with Apostolos Vellios and Hillal Soudani heading for the exits.

It has been suggested that Daryl Murphy may join them in pastures new.

Forest need to trim their numbers – now more than ever after a flurry of transfer activity.

They do, however, have to ensure that they are not left light in the most important area of the field.

If a promotion push is to be pieced together in 2019-20, then it will be led by goal-getters.

Lewis Grabban has shown over a number of years that he is more than capable of being the go-to man.

Karim Ansarifard still has something to prove.

Tyler Walker could be a useful asset after returning from a productive loan spell at Mansfield, while Jason Cummings can expect to be ushered through the exits at some stage.

Forest need more.

Reds legend Kenny Burns told the Nottingham Post at the start of the summer on the additions he would like to see made: “Three of those need to be up front because you can’t rely on Lewis Grabban.

“His goals return has been good this season when he’s been fit enough – you can’t argue with that.

“However, the amount of clubs he’s played for suggests something isn’t quite right, and below Grabban, Forest don’t have strength or quality if he’s off his game or injured.”

Issue

 

A good point, well made.

And an issue that the Reds now need to address.

Early business has been promising, with there plenty of potential to be found in the new arrivals.

What they need now is a proven frontman.

Ideally one with past experience of life in the Championship, or at the very least English football.

Lamouchi is yet to tread that path since taking the reins.

Portugal remains a favoured hunting ground, while there has been inevitable talk of possible incomings from France.

There are clearly talents to be found there, and many of them fit a striking mould.

Forest, though, need to get a big recruitment call spot on.

That may mean shopping closer to home and ensuring that Grabban and Co have enough competition and assistance to ensure that firepower does not become a problem.