Kenny Burns: Nottingham Forest desperate for width, now they have two powerful forwards
DEXTER Blackstock has been tied down to a long-term deal while Nottingham Forest have also brought in the powerful presence of Darius Henderson until the end of the season.
Manager Alex McLeish has ensured he has two powerful front men in his make-up and that tells you the kind of way he will want to play. It will certainly not be pretty, pretty football all of the time.
But in order to get the best out of somebody like Henderson or Blackstock, you need wingers who can put the ball in the box.
McLeish has said that is his next job but they need at least two in before the next game, when they travel to his old club Birmingham this weekend.
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Saturday was an absolute nightmare for so many reasons, everything went wrong in the 3-0 defeat to Watford. I could go on all day picking fault.
But in terms of getting the most out of all your forwards, you need that ball placed dangerously into that area.
It has been lacking all season. We haven't seen wingers beating the full-back, getting to the byline, whipping in low or high balls. We have not seen those quick, angled balls in to be knocked down.
But we have seen earlier this season how dangerous Henderson can be in those positions, if given the right service, as he demonstrated for his former club Millwall in their comprehensive win at the City Ground.
He brings some muscle, some power to the forward line and will rough up defenders, hold the ball up, win headers, get the knockdowns. He can be a real nuisance and bring a nasty edge if utilised correctly. And boy do Forest need that right now.
To be effective, players like Henderson and Blackstock need service and McLeish has to make sure he brings two wingers in during the next few days.
The Reds are getting cast away from the play-off-chasing pack and in order to claw it back, they need to create chances – lots of them.
And as it stands, they do not have the wide men to hurt the opposition and that needs to be rectified.