In his recent Nottingham Post column, former Forest defender Kenny Burns suggested that the club should make an audacious move in the transfer window with just days to go.
The 65-year-old claimed that the Reds’ best course of action before the window closes would be to sell Lewis Grabban in order to bring in Dwight Gayle.
He goes on to say that it would cost a lot even to loan the Newcastle man, but he reckons it’d be worth it for the number of goals he would bring to the side.
You have to question his judgement though. Has Burns not seen Lewis Grabban over the past few years?
The striker has netted 36 goals over the past two seasons, and that is a scoring record that you just can’t argue with.
Indeed, Gayle’s is better as he’s scored 47 over his past two Championship seasons, but selling a star man to loan somebody better is a risky formula.
If the East Midlands club did go forward with what Burns suggested they probably would have a better chance of getting promoted, but if they didn’t go up they would be in a much worse position in 12 months time.
The 28-year-old would have to return to Newcastle next summer, and if Forest aren’t in the Premier League by that time, they would once again be scrambling for a new star striker rather than just keeping hold of the proven goal scorer they have in their ranks right now.
The arrival of Gayle would be a short-term solution to a problem that doesn’t even exist. Therefore, the Reds shouldn’t be considering Burns’ advice on board.