It’s fair to say that Chris Hughton hasn’t had the immediate impact that Nottingham Forest fans thought he might have created upon his arrival.
The former Newcastle and Brighton manager replaced Sabri Lamouchi last month and whilst some aspects of the team have improved, Forest still look frail in areas, as evidenced by their late collapse against Barnsley.
Forest have massive strength in depth due to players like Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter arriving in the previous transfer window, but there is a fear that their squad may be overloaded.
Here are two potential transfer dilemmas that Hughton has when January comes around, and it’s no surprise to see they’re both outgoing ones.
Potentially letting Lewis Grabban go
Grabban was the subject of a late transfer window approach from Qatari side Al-Duhail last month, who just so happen to be managed again by former Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi, who didn’t take long at all to get back at the helm of a club after his departure.
The 32-year-old striker decided to stay at Forest in the end, but a fresh approach in January could see him consider his options, especially as Lyle Taylor has emerged as the main goalscorer in Chris Hughton’s system.
Grabban will be one of the top earners at Forest and in these testing financial times, Forest may look to cash in whilst they still can.
Trimming down defensive options
Forest have a mammoth amount of centre backs under contract at the club – seven of them in total including Michael Hefele, who wasn’t registered in the squad this season.
You’d have to expect that the Forest transfer team will be looking to move him on, along with potentially one more as there isn’t really a need for so many.
Tyler Blackett and Joe Worrall should have recovered from their respective hip and foot injuries in time for January, which could see a door open for Loic Mbe Soh to leave the City Ground on loan until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old, signed from French powerhouse Paris-Saint-Germain in the summer, could do with regular games and there would be a host of clubs lining up to take a player with his potential.