With Diogo Goncalves leaving Nottingham Forest this summer and returning to parent club Benfica after his failed loan spell at the City Ground, the Reds may need to sign a left-sided winger to replace him. Rotherham United’s Joe Newell could be a shrewd acquisition as he’ll be available on a free transfer in July.
The 26-year-old has impressed for the Millers this season, scoring and creating four goals in 31 Championship appearances. Newell has made 54 chances, 20 successful dribbles (48%), 13 passes-per-game with 65% accuracy, 174 crosses with 30% accuracy, won 20 aerial duels (39%), blocked 25 shots/passes/crosses and averaged a tackle (39) or interception (14) every 31 minutes.
Newell could inject some creativity into the Forest squad while providing competition for Ben Osborn on the left. Martin O’Neill only has Osborn, Matty Cash and Joe Lolley to choose from on the flanks and could shop in the transfer market to improve Forest’s strength in depth.
Rotherham suffered relegation to League One this season which could see a number of players moving on over the summer. Newell is reportedly in talks over a contract extension, but he could be lured away from the New York Stadium if it means staying in the Championship.