Caretaker manager Hakan Hayrettin says Nottingham Forest’s Virgil Gomis is the “focal point” that he felt Braintree Town’s attack needed.

The 19-year-old striker has made an immediate impact since joining the Essex club on an initial 28-day loan, helping them to a first Vanarama National League home win of the season last weekend and then scoring the opening goal in a 4-2 victory at Bromley on Tuesday.

It has been a good start for the Forest youngster and his rapid turn of pace is the sort of asset that Hayrettin felt was missing from the Iron’s forward armoury.

It certainly caused problems for Bromley’s back line in midweek and while he knows he may still not get the Braintree job full-time, Hayrettin said it was good business to get the Forest under-23 player in.

Hayrettin said: “The last thing you want to do as a caretaker manager is start making changes and then not get the job, because you feel guilty.

“Some of the players you have let go might have had a chance with the new manager, but I felt the club needed a forward who could be a focal point.

“Virgil gives that something that is a bit different.

“He was off the radar (in Essex) and wasn’t a player who everyone down here was having a look at because they didn’t know anything about him.

“But my contacts up there told me that he was a player who would suit down to the ground.

“I had seen him before and knew that he would do, so I got on the phone to the chairman, who didn’t have to do it, but he did do.

“We got the player in and we’re thankful.”