Date: 20th August 2019 at 12:48pm
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Nottingham Forest face a bit of a conundrum when it comes to their wingers.

Joe Lolley is pretty much guaranteed a starting spot after his incredible form over the past 12 months saw him hit double figures in terms of both goals and assists last season.

However, the other spot could prove to be something of a selection headache for Sabri Lamouchi.

Albert Adomah and Sammy Ameobi are two very competent wingers at this level, but the Tunisian has to decide which one deserves a starting spot.

Ameobi has caught the eye on his first two appearances for the Reds. Fans were dazzled by his substitute appearance against Leeds, and they were blown away by how he played against Birmingham.

Adomah hasn’t quite garnered the same type of reactions from the fanbase, but that isn’t to say he hasn’t been a solid addition to the East Midlands club.

Both wingers have the talent to play huge parts for the Reds this season, and Lamouchi should be looking at a way to utilise the two of them.

Adomah is 31 now – he’s not as quick as he once was, but the technical ability is still there. His numbers against West Brom show that he’s still got a lot to offer. Three key passes along with an assist signalled an excellent debut for the Ghanaian.

In the next match, he wasn’t as effective as Leeds’ pressing style exploited his lack of pace.

Eventually, he was subbed off for Ameobi, and the 27-year-old made all the difference. He completed six dribbles in just 27 minutes – causing United defenders all sorts of problems.

This performance earned the former Bolton man a start against Birmingham, and while he still played well, he wasn’t as direct and effective as he was against Leeds.

He made zero dribbles and didn’t make a single key pass.

Ameobi is clearly at his best when he can run at players, while Adomah is at his best when he’s trying to undo them with his technical ability.

Therefore, the perfect solution would be to replicate the model Lamouchi used against Leeds. Start with Adomah until around the 60th minute where the full-backs will be more fatigued, then switch things up by introducing the pace and directness of Ameobi.

This not only allows both men to get a game, but it also allows them to utilise their best attributes.


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