Nottingham Forest have made a strong start to the 2019/20 campaign, and head into the second month of the season occupying 10th spot in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side have picked up two wins from their opening six league matches, and are currently embarking on a run of seven games in all competitions.
After a somewhat lacklustre start, Lamouchi has now got to grips with his squad, and they look solid in every area of the pitch after hard work and perseverance.
Over the course of the summer, the Frenchman reshuffled the squad left at his disposal by Martin O’Neill and Aitor Karanka from last season, and did a good job at trimming the deadwood.
In the latter stages of the transfer window, Forest bid farewell to a host of first-team players that had been frozen out, with Jason Cummings, Daryl Murphy, Gboly Aryibi and Liam Bridcutt all departing the City Ground.
It’s far too early to start thinking about the January window just yet, but there are some players who will still be unhappy at their lack of game-time at the City Ground and will itching to get out, even on a temporary basis, in a few months’ time.
Here, we take a look at two Forest players that should have been loaned out in the transfer window.
Smith is completely out-of-favour at the City Ground under Lamouchi, and he will surely be massively frustrated at not finding another club over the course of the summer.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for the Reds in over a year, and was subsequently sent out on loan to Barnsley and Mansfield Town last term.
His spell at Oakwell came as an emergency loan and therefore made only one appearance for the Tykes, but made 12 appearances for Mansfield before being replaced by Conrad Logan, who helped the Stags reach the play-off semi-finals in League Two.
Smith is currently behind Brice Samba, Aro Muric, Luke Steele and Costel Pantilimon in the pecking order on Trentside, and it’s extremely unlikely that he will feature under Lamouchi this season.
Clough is another player who has been completely frozen out at the City Ground, and has been a regular for the Reds’ under-23 side over the last few months.
The 24-year-old signed from Bolton Wanderers in 2016 and has since scored four goals in 31 games for the East Midlands side, but hasn’t made an appearance for the club since January 2018.
Clough has endured frustrating spells out on loan with the Trotters and most recently Rochdale – the attacking midfielder scored just one goal in 13 games for the latter in League One last term.
He is completely out-of-favour under Lamouchi, and with the likes of Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva way ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan move away could have been beneficial in the summer.