Why free agent Victor Anichebe would be perfect signing for Forest

West Brom's Victor Anichebe looks dejected after missing a chance to score

At only 28, Victor Anichebe still has plenty to offer and could be ideal for Nottingham Forest.

Tottenham's Federico Fazio in action with West Brom's Victor Anichebe Victor Anichebe would be ideal for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest desperately need an accomplished goal-scorer who can assist in their hopes of progression after last season's shambolic campaign saw them finish in 16th position in the Championship table.

The Reds relied heavily on goals from Nelson Oliveira, who has now left the club after his loan spell expired.

A fantastic option for Forest would be former Everton and West Bromwich Albion striker Victor Anichebe, who is currently available on a free transfer following his release from the Baggies.

Victor Anichebe and Mikel Arteta at EvertonVictor Anichebe spent the majority of his career at Everton

The Nigerian forward has only recently turned 28 so has plenty of years ahead of him in the game, and he has the ability to transform Forest's attacking fortunes. He is a big, powerful forward, with deceptive amounts of pace. He is a fantastic target man and is apt at bringing his teammates into play.

Anichebe has similar attributes to Britt Assombalonga. The City Ground side have become too heavily reliant on the 23-year-old, and he is their only real natural goal-scoring option. He has suffered bad knee injuries in the past, and having Anichebe as part of the squad would provide new manager Philippe Montanier with great depth in an area where they have been particularly weak.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Federico FazioAnichebe is a free agent following his release from West Brom

Their tally of 43 goals in 46 Championship outings highlights their need for further attacking options, and Anichebe would be the ideal addition, whether as a starter or as cover for Assombalonga.

Much more will be expected of Forest this term, after last season's poor campaign, and the best way for them to go about that is to invest in the area of the pitch where they were so impotent last year. 

If a move for Anichebe comes to fruition, the East Midlands club would become a far more threatening proposition and could once again challenge for the promotion spots.

Everton's Victor Anichebe celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Yakubu and Mikel ArtetaVictor Anichebe has all the attributes needed to succeed in the Championship

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