Neil Webb feels Reading boss Brian McDermott faces a dilemma in January.
"In January the manager has got two choices," Webb told the Reading Post.
"He could get some big names in, but they might not help in a dogfight.
"Or, he could get some hardened professionals who know what it's all about and could do a good job.
"You've also got to have a close spirit - at Forest we didn't have the resources to spend money, but we stayed a close-knit family, socialising together and knowing what everyone wanted on the pitch."