Should Pearce use Abdoun to spring surprise against Derby County?

Nottingham Forest midfielder Djamel Abdoun has not represented the side once this season to date.

Nottingham Forest could have a secret weapon ready to be unleashed against Derby County this weekend in the shape of Djamel Abdoun. 

The Algerian international has not played for the club at all since Stuart Pearce took over, with his attitude being brought into question.

Abdoun may have fallen out of favour because of a lack of effort, but if Pearce decided to give him a chance he could be the sort of player to spark a revival in their season.

A natural dribbler, who likes to run directly at defenders, he possesses the attacking threat which has been desperately missing from Forest's game for too long. 

The Reds have won just twice in their last 20 matches and there is a feeling that they have very little to lose going into their game against their near neighbours.

The Rams have been one of the Championship's best sides this season and go into the derby contest as heavy favourites to pick up the three points. 

Abdoun's inclusion could disrupt their preparations, as they simply would not be expecting to see him in the starting line-up.

Ability wise, there can be no question that he should be closer to the team than he currently is and, although pushing such a volatile character into such a pressurised environment would be a huge risk for Forest, it could be a match-winning change. 

Abdoun has a point to prove at the City Ground and bringing him back into contention may just be the sort of left-field decision needed to get Forest's season back on track. 

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