Do Nottingham Forest need to recruit a top striker?

Nottingham Forest Manager Mark Warburton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2, 2017 in Ipswich, England.

Forest have scored 28 goals in 20 games so far this season.

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at City Ground on November 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at City Ground on November 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Nottingham Forest haven endured an inconsistent campaign so far. 

Mark Warburton's side currently lie in 13th place in the Championship, 11 points clear of relegation and eight points behind the play-offs. 

They have plenty of time to close in on the top six and also have the January transfer window to make improvements but does Warburton need another striker? 

Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring an equalising goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2,...Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring an equalising goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road

His current forward options are Jason Cummings, Tyler Walker, Apostolos Vellios, Ben Brereton and Daryl Murphy

Murphy is the clubs joint leading scorer alongside Everton loanee Kieran Dowell with seven league goals. When you compare that to the teams in the top seven, with the exception of Cardiff City, they all have a player in double figures so far. 

Dael Fry of Middlesbrough and Daryl Murphy of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in... Daryl Murphy is Forest's top scorer with seven goals so far this season

Should Murphy get injured then Forest may be in trouble so they can't solely rely on him. Cummings, Walker and Brereton have only scored three league goals between them although the trio are all aged 22 and under so it would be harsh to put the scoring burden on one of them. 

Murphy offers aerial threat, strength however he isn't the quickest and isn't known for making darting runs in behind. The Irishman is also 34-years-old so playing week in week out for the rest of the season may be quite demanding. 

Forest have netted 28 goals this term, only three teams in the top 12 have scored fewer which shows they need to bridge that gap. 

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