Why Nottingham Forest should rescue Nick Powell from his Manchester United nightmare

Nottingham Forest are in need of more firepower up front.

According to a report in the Mirror, Manchester United striker Nick Powell is growing disillusioned at the club and is seeking to leave in the forthcoming summer when his contract runs out.

It’s been a difficult time for the striker, with his progress stalling during a loan spell at Leicester City due to injury and his subsequent return to United raising questions over his commitment.

Powell, 21, needs a fresh start and despite his lack of experience, there is enough ability there for him to find a Championship club looking to get out of the second-tier.

In the meantime, instead of rotting away in the reserves, a loan spell could be a viable option for both parties and there is certainly one attractive club who could use some extra fire-power upfront.

Following their placement under a transfer embargo, Nottingham Forest’s promotion hopes have been derailed and the club have had to be very savvy in the market in order to keep them competitive.

Star player Michail Antonio traded Forest of West Ham United, depriving the Reds of their most influential attacking outlet and prompting the club to scour the loan market for replacements.

Chris O’Grady and Nelson Oliveira have come in, but goals have still been hard to find for Forest and fellow strikers Dextor Blackstock and Tyler Walker have chipped in with just the one goal this season.

Boss Dougie Freedman needs more options, and Powell is certainly an interesting proposition.

The former Crewe Alexandra man had a successful spell on loan with Wigan during the 2013/14 campaign, scoring 12 goals in all competitions including the club’s first in the Europa League.

Capable of playing as an advancing midfielder or centre-forward, his versatility would give Forest valuable options in more than one position though he’s ideally placed as an all-round striker.

Considering he's out of contract next summer, a positive loan spell could always lead to something more.

With just nine goals in their opening ten matches, the East Midlands outfit need to add something otherwise they could be in stark danger of slipping towards the lower reaches of the table.

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