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25th Jan, 2017 | 10:03pm

26-year-old needs replacing: Three things we learned about Nottingham Forest from loss v Leeds

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 loss to Leeds on Wednesday night at Elland Road.

Forest missed Lansbury

The two-time European champions desperately need to bring in a replacement for 26-year-old Henri Lansbury, as the former captain’s inspiration from midfield was dearly missed following his £2.75million to Midlands giants Aston Villa. With a lack of attacking bite in midfield, Forest offered little going forward and with less than a week remaining in the window, a new goalscoring midfielder is desperately needed to fire Forest away from a relegation fight.

Playmaker must be kept at Forest

Another example of Forest’s wonderful array of young talent, Osborn starred in the number 10 role as he orchestrated his side’s counter attack in attacking midfield. After losing Oliver Burke to German side RB Leipzig in the summer for £13million, Forest’s 22-year-old has been reportedly interesting Championship rivals Newcastle. But they must do all they can to keep the young star at the City Ground, and look to build the team around him instead of selling their best stars.

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New manager needed

Similarly to needing a new midfielder, a new manager is required after sacking Philippe Montanier. Forest lacked purpose throughout the match, and were completely overwhelmed as high flying Leeds’ quality and momentum finally came to fruition. Without a game plan, Forest are not going to be able to progress and a relegation dog fight could be on their hands come May. Bringing in a new manager, or naming Gary Brazil on a permanent basis, will give clarity to the players in what the coaching staff expect from them and that could prove crucial in looking to improve Forest’ dire position in the Championship table.

In other Nottingham Forest news, the two-time European champions have submitted this bid for a Premier League striker.

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