After a torrid start to the 2021-22 season, Nottingham Forest are finally finding their groove in the Championship after an early switch in managers.
Gone is Chris Hughton who couldn’t win any of his first seven league matches of the season, leaving the Reds bottom of the league.
Steven Reid steadied the ship for just one match as caretaker manager with a win over Huddersfield and in came Steve Cooper, who has already seemingly changed things for the better.
The Welshman has picked up seven points in his first three matches in charge and Forest seem back to their fluid attacking best.
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If the performances continue to be impressive though there’s likely to be transfer interest in some of Forest’s players – with that being said let’s look at some of the transfer scenarios that could occur in January.
Cooper reuniting with Fulton?
Forest already have a decent amount of midfielders in the squad but there’s nothing stopping Cooper from making a move for one of his former Swansea players in Jay Fulton.
A report from The Sun on Sunday on September 19 (page 61) stated that Cooper was eyeing up a move for the 27-year-old when he was eventually appointed as Forest’s new head coach.
He’s tied down to a long-term contract in South Wales until the summer of 2024 though so a move wouldn’t be cheap, and the likes of Ryan Yates and James Garner occupy spots in Cooper’s midfield right now with Jack Colback as very able back-up, so would Fulton actually be needed?
Carvalho to depart?
After an exciting first season at the City Ground, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Joao Carvalho.
The Portuguese maestro was a club-record signing in 2018 when arriving from Benfica for £13.2 million, and he managed to pick up eight assists in his debut campaign.
Things soon went awry under Sabri Lamouchi’s management though and after just 23 appearances in the following season, Carvalho went out on loan to Spanish second tier side Almeria in 2020-21.
They chose not to take up the permanent option in the loan and Carvalho ended up with somewhat of a clean slate on Trentside, appearing in four of the club’s first five Championship matches of the season but he hasn’t gotten off the bench since Cooper arrived.
Carvalho still has a year and a half remaining but it could be in Forest’s mind to try and cash in what they can on the 24-year-old if he’s not going to be used by Cooper in the long run.
Interest in Johnson?
Brennan Johnson is now Nottingham Forest’s prized asset and they had to bat away bids from Brentford over the summer following his Lincoln City loan spell in 2020-21.
That spell with the Imps has elevated him into a first-teamer for Forest this season and he’s featured in all 11 Championship matches so far, scoring twice and also notching three assists.
It would not be a shock to see the Bees reignite their interest in the 20-year-old, especially now he is a Wales international and flourishing in the Championship but Forest will likely turn away big bids for him as he could be worth a lot more in the future.