Stuart Pearce said on Sky Sports Now on Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday morning (October 1) that he does not think that Nottingham Forest will finish in the top six of the Championship this season.
“(Matty) Fryatt is out injured, (Britt) Assombalonga is out injured,” said the former Forest manager.
“The top scorer is Matt Mills, the central defender, with two goals, and that will probably be the one thing which will keep them out of the top six this season. You need someone who can get you 20+ goals.”
Forest are 11th in the Championship table at the moment with 12 points from nine matches, just three points behind sixth-place Cardiff City.
The Reds are unlikely to finish in the top two in the league table this season, but could they end up in the top six?
Manager Dougie Freedman has a good, young and talented squad, and he should certainly be pushing his players for a top-six finish.
It will not be easy, though, as the Championship is hugely competitive and there are a low of very good teams pushing for a playoff spot.
Forest, who drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town away from home in the league last week, will face Hull City at the City Ground on Saturday.