The only loan deal Stuart Pearce should be targeting at Forest

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce has to prioritise getting cover for the injured Andy Reid.

Nottingham Forest confirmed last week via their website that Andy Reid requires surgery on a groin problem, which could keep him out of action for two months and gives Stuart Pearce a big problem.

Reid is one of the most experienced figures at the club and with the transfer embargo currently hanging over the club, Pearce faces a big challenge to draft in a replacement who can give him an extra option over the next couple of weeks.

The loan window remains open after the close of the current window for permanent deals, but it’s important for the boss to try and lay down the groundwork of a deal for a replacement over the next week.

Forest will firstly need to try and find a player who is similar in terms of experience levels to Reid.

That won’t be easy because the majority of sides will likely be petrified of losing key players in the middle of a season when there’s plenty still to play for.

Secondly, Pearce needs to find a player who offers the same sort of options to Reid in his first team squad.

Reid offered obvious experience in a wide role but he’s very comfortable moving inside off of the wing to give the team a different attacking option.

So the checklist has three boxes; experience, the ability to play wider and the ability to tuck inside, not too far off of the wing.

The boss could look at his Championship options or he could look up to the Premier League to see which sides have good players sitting on the bench and looking for fresh chances.

Forest arguably have a better chance of getting good value out of a Championship move, which is important considering the financial strain and magnifying glass which is currently on the club.

There’s plenty of time for Pearce to react but with Reid out of action for a lengthy period, there is a hole to fill.

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