COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Philippe Montanier should give midfielder Henri Lansbury a more advanced role as an attacking midfielder against Norwich on Saturday.
To move Lansbury up the pitch, a change in system from the 4-3-3 formation must be used to ensure there is adequate cover behind the attack.
The 25-year-old former Arsenal prospect has played in the centre of Forest’s midfield, but given his creativity and scoring ability, it could be more beneficial to play him just behind the striker.
Ahead of Lansbury there should be another former Arsenal youth graduate in Nicklas Bentdner.
The Denmark international is yet to start for Forest since joining on a free transfer after his contract was terminated b Wolfsburg, but there’s no doubting the striker’s ability when he’s in the mood.
A 4-2-3-1 system could also be in Montanier’s thinking, given it would provide more cover to the Forest defence, which has struggled in the early stages of the new season conceding 15 goals in seven matches.
Pajtim Kasami and Hildeberto Pereira will have to remain calm in the centre of midfield, with one supporting the attack, while the other stays back and help’s the defence when in possession.
The back four should consist of Danny Fox, Michael Mancienne, Matthew Mills and Eric Lichaj, given that usual centre-back first team player Damien Perquis left the match against Rotherham at half time injured.
Armand Traore also failed to impress fans on the left side of the back four against the Millers, meaning that Fox must return to the side.
New signing Vladimir Stojkovic should also start in goal ahead of other new goalkeeper addition Stephen Henderson, given the former’s impressive performance against Aston Villa.
Forest are currently sat in 10th place in the table and a win on Saturday, as well as results going their way could push them into a place in the Championship play-offs.
In other Nottingham Forest team news, Fans have reacted excitedly on Twitter after Bendtner came off the bench to make his return to English football on Wednesday.