Should Nottingham Forest gamble on 32-goal Barnet striker John Akinde as Britt Assombalonga replacement?

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With their main striker out injured, should Forest consider the former Bristol City man?

Nottingham Forest will have to be looking in the transfer market this summer, with a hope of promotion next season depending on a clever piece of business or two.

One area they will need to improve is the striker position. The club's main striker is Britt Assombalonga. Unfortunately the former Peterborough striker dislocated his knee earlier in the year and has been ruled out until the new year.

They need a striker to score their goals in his absence, with Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers apparently on the radar.

But should they gamble on a player who has banged in the goals in the Conference this season?

The player in question is John Akinde.

This season he has been electric for Conference champions Barnet. He has scored 32 goals for the club in 46 appearances this season in one of the most competitive Conference campaigns in recent memory.

In the past Akinde has struggled to settle in the Football League. Spells with Bristol City, Crawley Town and Portsmouth have failed to ignite.

But last season he scored 19 goals with Alfreton Town with and he his now finding the net regularly at a lower level.

Of course that lower level will worry any prospective buyer higher up the leagues. But Akinde has the ability, he has matured in the past two seasons and, most importantly, he is soaring with confidence.

Dougie Freedman, himself a former Barnet player, would not go wrong by at least taking a look at the 25-year-old. He might just be worth a roll of the dice.

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