Nottingham Forest have been linked with a whole host of strikers over the course of recent weeks, and while their need for attacking reinforcement is clear, there are players at the club who could still contribute meaningfully to the Forest cause. Daryl Murphy is one such player, whose immediate future is in question at Forest?
As the Daily Mirror reports, Aitor Karanka is content with allowing Daryl Murphy to depart the City Ground, if Forest can secure the services of another striker. The 35-year-old is seemingly expendable at Nottingham Forest, yet could he still be a useful option for Aitor Karanka’s side?
Despite his age, the Irish forward’s goal-scoring record isn’t particularly impressive. He has only amassed 96 goals in 422 appearances at senior level. Although, his career has experienced an unexpected revival in recent times. Murphy’s move from Celtic to Ipswich Town represented a significant change for the experienced forward, one that notably enhanced his goal-scoring record.
In 201 games for the Blues, Murphy attained a respectable total of 61 goals – the best total he’s achieved at a club throughout the entirety of his career. And, although his involvement has been limited to 42 league games these past two seasons with Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest, he has still achieved a creditable total of 13 goals.
While Murphy may not be the most suitable candidate to lead Nottingham Forest’s attack, he could be an exceedingly useful option to introduce from the bench. The Irishman is a powerful and physical centre-forward who has displayed his goal-scoring credentials in recent times. His traditional style of play and exceeding experience could prove to be an effective tool that Aitor Karanka could choose to utilise.
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