Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports, during their coverage of Nottingham Forest’s match against Derby County, that the Reds should be looking to move many of their older players out at the end of the season.
Forest look destined to be playing Championship football once again next term, and Pearce believes that changes will need to be made if they are to improve.
The Reds legend says that his former club should be looking to move on any experienced player who is not currently in their first-team, and he also believes that signing a goalscorer should be high on their agenda.
“I would say anyone on the bench who is over 25-years-old, you might have to shake their hand and say ‘look, thanks for what you’ve done, but we might have to move on’,” Pearce said.
“Defensively Forest have been very good, but what they haven’t had is Assombalonga and Oliveira fit. They need a goalscorer or two. They’ve sold Antonio and that’s the problem.”
Forest have been blighted with injury throughout the season, and without Assombalonga and Oliveira they certainly lacked threat against Derby in their most recent outing.
Although Federico Macheda worked hard, he is still settling in at the City Ground, and he did not pose Derby stopper Scott Carson too many problems.
In the end, Derby ran out 1-0 winners - thanks to a late strike from Marcus Olsson - and Forest were left very frustrated.
The Reds are now in 15th place in the Championship table - comfortably clear of the relegation zone, but some way off the play off spaces.