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It has been a summer of change at Nottingham Forest as new manager Sabri Lamouchi looked to ring the changes and so far it would seem like there is still work to do, after an opening day defeat was followed by a draw against Leeds United, before a win in the League Cup first round against Fleetwood Town.
One player who does not appear to be in Lamouchi’s plans is defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt, who has yet to be involved this season and has not even been named in any of the match-day squads.
So should Lamouchi look to send Bridcutt out either permanently or on loan before the window closes?
“Yes, I think he will look to move him in the next few weeks.
“Lamouchi has been quick to strengthen Forest’s central midfield and there does not look to be any place for Bridcutt in his plans.
“The 30-year-old has not been named in the squad for any of the Reds first three games, even in the Carabao Cup game against Fleetwood Town, which I think is a telling sign.
“I’m not sure what Forest would be set to gain from a loan deal if a permanent one is possible.
“They should look to sell the Scottish international and only resort to a loan if that is not possible.”
“Forest have one of the biggest squads in the division and judging by Sabri Lamouchi’s transfer business he isn’t a big fan of Liam Bridcutt, and the former Leeds man hasn’t featured yet so far this season.
“That means he has failed to make and impression on the new boss, which isn’t that surprising given his poor performances last season and his lack of fitness, which means he has fallen down the pecking order considerably.
“He is likely on a decent wage too and Lamouchi will surely think that money could be better spent on another player or in other areas of the squad.
“Things just haven’t worked out for Bridcutt at Forest so it is probably best for all parties that he is moved on, and Lamouchi can have players he’s brought in who want to play for him and the club.”
“Bridcutt’s situation at Nottingham Forest can’t be a pleasant one for the player, and for his sake, I hope a move away from the City Ground materialises.
“In the last couple of transfer windows, Bridcutt has watched a number of players arrive to compete for his position, with many not even an upgrade.
“Nevertheless, he’s fallen down the pecking order and is struggling to find any sort of game time.
“A move to League One might not appeal, but to get his career going again, it might be something that has to happen.”