Nottingham Forest booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, defeating League One side Fleetwood Town by a goal to nil at the City Ground.
The Reds had put in a battling performance to grind out a draw against Leeds United at the weekend, and Sabri Lamouchi will have been looking for his side to build on that solid display at Elland Road.
His side didn’t have the greatest of games against Joey Barton’s side on Tuesday night, but nevertheless they got the job done, thanks to Tiago Silva’s second-half strike.
Silva, along with skipper Joe Worrall, were the only players to keep their place in the side from the one that drew with Leeds on Saturday, with Lamouchi making nine changes including debuts for the likes of Brice Samba, Carl Jenkinson and John Bostock.
This was perhaps expected, with the Reds having nearly 40 senior players on their books, and it speaks volumes how even the most ousted of players couldn’t make even the bench in midweek.
Forest will look to balance the books and get rid of some players before the end of August, with League One and Two sides still able to sign players.
Here, we take a look at three players who will be desperate to leave…
Cummings looks set to depart Forest after a turbulent time at the City Ground.
The 24-year-old has scored only four goals in 17 games since his arrival from Hibernian in 2017, and has since endured loan spells with Rangers, Peterborough and Luton.
He netted eight goals in 29 games for Posh last term, but his loan spell at London Road was cut short due to off-field issues, so it’s hard to see who would take a chance on him before the deadline.
Murphy is another player who is on the lookout for a new club, with reports claiming that he has been told to leave the City Ground this summer.
The 36-year-old scored six goals in all competitions last season, but with Rafa Mir and Lewis Grabban ahead of him in the pecking order, he looks destined to leave the club.
League One sides Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers have been linked with his signature, so it will be interesting to see where he’s playing his football come the end of the summer.
Clough is completely out of the loop at the City Ground, having failed to make a single appearance for the Reds since January 2018.
He has since returned to Bolton on loan and also signed for Rochdale on a temporary basis last season, but he failed to make an impact for the latter, scoring one goal in a total of 13 games.
He was excellent for Bolton before he signed for the Reds in 2017, and he will be praying for a move away to regain that form once again.
Oldham Athletic were previously linked, and a move back to Lancashire could be beneficial for him.