Two loan deals and two reasons Nottingham Forest can cope without either

If Nottingham Forest secure either of these reported loan deals, there's only one possible explanation for them.

Nottingham Forest have been linked with two loan deals, as Dougie Freedman looks to give himself extra options over the rest of the Championship season.

The Nottingham Post has reported that a deal for Swansea winger Modou Barrow is close, while the same paper also suggested that Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes could have joined the club.

In both cases, there is evidence to suggest that Forest could cope without either, which suggests they would be nothing more than squad options and cover for Freedman.

In terms of crossing stats for this season, Forest rank in the top five.

  Accurate CrossesAppearances
Ipswich 232 36
Middlesbrough 226 36
Rotherham 218 36
Forest 214 36
Reading 214 36

They don’t seem to have a problem in terms of players down either channel getting into positions where they can feed the ball into the box for midfielders and strikers to attack.

As for the potential loan arrival of Rhodes or any other striker, Freedman already appears to have had a positive impact on the side’s attack.

Forest have scored 21 goals in eight games since Freedman took over, which suggests that the attack of the side is functioning well.

The unfortunate injury to Britt Assombalonga has stretched the squad thin, but Forest have adapted and have found a way to cope.

The big changes will come in the summer because there’s little sense in Freedman shaking things up in key areas of his team and unsettling established players, especially when there is very little to play for over the rest of the campaign.

The summer presents an opportunity for the boss to go back to the drawing board, look at his squad and the areas he needs to improve and then go again hard looking forward to next season.

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