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Nottingham Forest are in 'great shape' for promotion, says Football League expert

Peter Beagrie has backed Notttingham Forest to go up this season, after an excellent transfer window.

Sky Sports Football League expert, Peter Beagrie, believes that Nottingham Forest are in a good position to make the automatic promotion spaces this season.

Forest have been targeting promotion from the Championship for a number of seasons, but have consistently fell short of their initial aims.

However, Beagrie feels that they have had the best transfer window of any club in the division over the summer and that should be enough to get them into the top two this campaign.

He wrote, in a question and answer session piece on the Sky Sports website: “I think Forest are in great shape to claim an automatic place after probably doing the best business transfer-wise of any in the Championship this close-season.

“They've flexed their financial muscles and have also used the loan system well, Pearce has also re-signed important players already at the club.

“[Michail] Antonio, [Chris] Burke, [Matty] Fryatt and [Britt] Assombalonga have added a goal threat and more importantly, the pace Forest lacked last term and in Assombalonga they could have the much needed 20 goals a season man needed at this level for a successful automatic assault.”

Forest brought in the aforementioned Antonio and Assombalonga as their two marquee buys during the window and the pair have started well.

Both have already found the net on more than one occasion – with Antonio scoring in his first two games – and Assombalonga getting on the score sheet three times, providing Forest fans with much reason for positivity.

The club started their season with a comfortable win against a depleted Blackpool side before drawing with Bolton and, most recently, picking up an impressive victory away at Bournemouth.

They have also collected a cup victory at League Two Tranmere Rovers and the unbeaten start to Forest’s campaign means that they have already caught many peoples’ attention.

It is easy to put much of the credit for that on Assombalonga on Antonio, the two big money signings, but their other recruits have been shrewd too.

Burke remains one of the finest players outside the top level in England and getting him on a free may just turn out to be one of the deals of the summer, whilst the addition of Michael Mancienne has also been eye-catching.

It has led to Forest adding further strength to a squad which ended up narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season. And, if they can continue playing in the manner that they currently are they will, Beagrie may well be right in his prediction that they will finally return to the Premier League in May.

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