Nottingham Forest have appointed Martin O’Neill as their new manager after the recent departure of Aitor Karanka. The appointment of a club legend has undoubtedly galvanised fans after disappointment at the manner of Karanka’s departure.
Forest now need to start looking at potential recruits for the rest of the season as they look to salvage their play-off push.
Undoubtedly, several of O’Neill’s former players will soon be linked with a move to the City Ground.
So should he make a move for Gabriel Agbonlahor?
The former Aston Villa star is still a free agent after his release from Villa Park in the summer.
He confirmed to The Sun in November that he had offers from the Championship in the summer but decided against such a move as he struggled to consider the idea of playing against his beloved Villa.
If one man could change that idea, it would surely be O’Neill.
“If you look at what I’ve done since the gaffer came to the club, he’s been an inspiration to me.
“I’m enjoying my work with him and I think he’s making me improve as a player and hopefully I can keep doing that.”
The new Forest boss gave Agbonlahor his big break at Villa Park and perhaps had a bigger positive influence on his senior career than any other manager.
Agbonlahor is not the speedster he once was under O’Neill but he is a trusted player to the Forest boss and at 32-years-old still has plenty to offer.
The three-cap England international could become a brilliant squad player for Nottingham Forest and O’Neill will surely consider giving him a call.