How Forest's Reid replacement could have been found last year

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Nottingham Forest's failure to sign George Boyd when they had the opportunity looks like it may have been a mistake.

The search for Andy Reid's replacement has been a struggle for Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce this season.

Reid picked up an injury early in the campaign and the Reds have struggled without their creative fulcrum in the team. 

The 32-year-old is one of their most talented players and his passing range is something which the side have found tough to replace.

Forest have turned to the loan market to bring in additions to make up for Reid being sidelined, but Tom Ince has struggled to make an impact since joining from Hull City.

The Reds seem to have broken out of their bad spell, after winning their last two fixtures, but their winless run of 10 games looks set to be costly.

Forest were at the top of the league before the prolonged wait for a victory and they are now fighting to get back into promotion contention, as a result of their slump. 

Their struggles to cover for the loss of Reid could have been stopped if they had shown more foresight (no pun intended) back in 2013, though.

Forest had the most natural replacement for Reid in the door and ready to sign at the City Ground, when they did a deal with Peterborough United for George Boyd.

However, in one of the most bizarre transfer twists in recent times, Boyd failed his medical on the basis of an 'inconclusive' eye-test. 

It was a strange move from the Reds and one which could still be costly now.

Boyd ended up moving to Hull City, after the collapse of the Forest move, and played a key part in their promotion to the Premier League. 

Since then he has found his path to their first-team blocked and moved to Burnley this summer, where he has impressed at the top-level.

It, therefore, is hard not to feel that Forest missed an opportunity in not bringing Boyd to the City Ground when they had a chance. 

His skill, creativity and willingness to run at defenders would have meant Pearce would not have had to spend so much time finding the correct formula to help his side compensate for the loss of Reid this year and they could still have been challenging near the top of the table this season, as a result.

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