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Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has acted swiftly by telling Michael Hefele, Daryl Murphy, Liam Bridcutt and Luke Steele they are free to find other clubs, after being left out of the pre-season training camp in Greece, as reported in the Nottingham Post.
Forest needed to trim down a squad that was already one of the largest in the Championship and with six new additions to the City Ground already this summer, exits are expected to follow swiftly.
So are Forest right to let this quartet leave?
“There is no doubt that it’s the right move to get these four off the books.
“Forest’s squad is enormous and needs cutting down. There have already been a lot of incomings – and a few outgoings – but they must be harvesting a heft wage bill.
“Hefele and Bridcutt simply don’t get a look in, and while Murphy could bring something different off the bench, he doesn’t justify the wages nor suit Lamouchi’s style of playing from the back.
“Steele is way down the pecking order now following the signing of Aro Muric, so it makes complete sense to move him on in this transfer window, as his chances of first-team football are effectively non-existant.
“There’s not a lot of reason to keep these four around as they’re all fairly experienced players who aren’t getting a proper look in.”
“I think so.
“I’m a fan of what Bridcutt can bring to a football pitch in particular and feel as though Forest might have missed a trick on him but it makes sense for him to move as he’s not playing.
“He’ll find a club easily at this level I would think whilst I’m sure the other three should have offers too.
“Hefele was unlucky with injury and so will need to prove his fitness whilst Steele needed a move just to get playing once again.
“Finally, Murphy might be getting on but he’s still a sharp player in the box and even if he drops down to League One level he has plenty to offer.
“I’d not be shocked if several third-tier clubs were looking to bring him in in the coming weeks.”
“It is a pretty brutal move but it is exactly what was needed at the City Ground.
“The last two transfer windows have seen Forest build up a squad that was simply far too big for any manager to manage effectively.
“And considering the minuscule impact all four of these names had on the campaign, I think there can be no complaints at all and, from the perspective of a fan, it is encouraging to see the new boss stepping up as early as possible.
“Now, if they can shift the four sizeable wages, it may mean Forest are able to bring in one or two players with serious star quality and you get the feeling that Lamouchi may need that.”