Meet the new target, possibly the same as the old target. I think that’s how the saying goes.
Developments in France, mean that Forest could go back in for someone they were looking at in January, in the form of Saint Etienne defender Leo Lacroix.
Bild reported back in January that the club was interested in signing the Swiss defender, now L’Equipe are adding fuel to the long-dormant fire, by saying that his club are ready to let the defender go, but only if they receive a reasonable offer, with him only having one year remaining on his contract.
Whilst Nottingham Forest have a plethora of centre backs as it is already, with the likes of Michael Dawson, Yohan Benalouane, Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Hefele and Alexander Milošević all still at the club, there is some argument to be made that Lamouchi should be given the freedom to work with those he is already comfortable with, or has an inkling that he’d be comfortable with.
That’s why I understood why he’d want to sign his former goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo, I wouldn’t personally agree with it and still think the club should finalise the deal for Arijanet Muric, but I’d understand if he went down that road.
Having recently worked in the French leagues when he was boss at Stade Rennais, Lamouchi should have a good insight into the market and if he thinks he’s got something to offer, then we should give him the benefit of the doubt if he decides to pick up where Martin O’Neill left off in taking a look at him.
If that means that he has to offload a couple of the centre backs that he feels are deadweight, then I feel we should let him. He seems to have got a lot of the Forest fans onside with him so far, and although he’s yet to sign anyone in this transfer window, if he can keep them on board if and when the signings do eventually come through, then that should give him a little bit of leeway with who he decides to bring in.