COMMENT By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest were left devastated on Saturday not only by their 5-1 defeat to Norwich, but also by the loss of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to injury.
The 28-year-old was stretchered off with an Achilles injury, and is set to miss the remainder of the season.
The Championship club are already short of options in the position, with Vladimir Stojkovic also nursing an injury – leaving youngsters Jordan Smith and Dimitar Evtimov as the remaining contenders.
However, Gary Brazil could be tempted into bringing in a goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal to help with their problem area.
The Football League emergency loan window was scrapped in the summer, in a bid to protect the ‘sporting integrity’ of the competition.
But league chiefs have still authorised a new rule that permits a club to sign a goalkeeper on a seven-day ’emergency loan’ basis if they do not have a senior goalkeeper that has made five first-team appearances. With Stojkovic out, neither Smith nor Evtimov meet that criteria.
Therefore, if Nottingham Forest do seek an emergency loan deal, they should look into signing one of these three goalkeepers:
Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a long-term move for Martinez – even on loan – considering their ongoing goalkeeper woes.
However, with Petr Cech and David Ospina both fit and available, Arsenal could allow Martinez the opportunity to move on a short-term basis, with him being absent for half or for a full season.
He is not likely to be part of Arsenal’s travelling party to Bayern Munich for their Champions League encounter, and therefore could be available.
The 24-year-old has previous Championship experience from loan spells with Rotherham, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday, in fact joining Rotherham on an emergency loan basis in 2015 – proving that such a deal could be done with Arsenal.
Martinez would be a superb addition to Nottingham Forest’s ranks, and would give them some much-needed reliability and consistency in between the sticks – even if is for just seven days.
From his three first-team appearances for Arsenal this term, the former Argentina youth international has kept two clean-sheets.
The 30-year-old returned from a long-term injury at the start of the new year, but has yet to make an appearance for Newcastle.
Elliot has now slipped to third-choice in the Newcastle pecking-order, behind both Karl Darlow and Matz Sels, and Magpies boss Rafa Benitez would not likely have any issue with letting him join Nottingham Forest on a short-term emergency loan.
Prior to his injury lay-off, the experienced Republic of Ireland international was the first-choice goalkeeper during Newcastle’s Premier League campaign last term, and could be another fantastic addition to the squad.
Benitez may still have plans for him for the long-term, but Elliot is having little impact on the fringes of the first-team squad and should be allowed the chance to join Forest should they enquire about a temporary deal.
Following the arrival of Mouez Hassen to Southampton on loan last month, the Premier League club now have four goalkeepers in their first-team squad.
Therefore, allowing the experienced Stuart Taylor to join Nottingham Forest on an emergency loan is not likely to throw a spanner in the works.
The 36-year-old has not featured yet since joining the Saints as a backup solution in the summer, and is not likely to gain many opportunities over the course of the season.
Taylor may be coming to the end of his playing career, but he has been there and done it all.
He could certainly still do a job for Nottingham Forest in the absence of their injured goalkeepers, which is surely better than his current role at St. Mary’s.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, this is how Nottingham Forest could line up at the start of the 2017-18 season.