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Karen Carney insists that Nottingham Forest must secure at least one more center-back before the summer transfer window concludes.
Reds’ defender Felipe is sidelined due to an ongoing knee issue, although Moussa Niakhate returned to the first team after recovering from a dislocated elbow sustained during the pre-season.
Under Steve Cooper’s management, the team has utilized a formation with three central defenders in their two league matches this season.
Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall, and Willy Boly have formed the trio that started against both Arsenal and Sheffield United. Despite their strengths, none of them possess natural speed.
While Forest is still in the market for a new central defender, they have yet to make significant progress in securing reinforcements for that position.
Speaking to Manish Bhasin after the game, Karen Carney acknowledged that Cooper’s squad requires an additional center-back to enhance their prospects for the campaign.
“It’s clear they need a fresh center-back. The lack of pace in their defensive line was evident at times and was a weakness towards the end of the previous season. Adding speed in central defense is essential. You could see tonight they were exposed at times, so someone quick could really bolster their defense.”
Niakhate’s return provides a significant boost, and Felipe is also expected to return in the upcoming weeks, bolstering the Reds’ defensive options.
However, the need for a new defender remains. With less than two weeks left until the summer transfer window closes, Cooper and his coaching staff need to make swift decisions.