After a busy week of incomings at Nottingham Forest, it looks as if Sabri Lamouchi could be about to balance the books at the City Ground.
But according to reports from Nottinghamshire Live, Lamouchi could be about to get his ship in order even more, having told Michael Hefele, Luke Steele, Daryl Murphy and Liam Bridcutt that they all free to find other clubs this summer.
Here, FLW writer George Harbey discusses these potential departures, and Lamouchi’s transfer stance in today’s six pointer…
Firstly, can you see why Lamouchi is now looking to get rid of players?
“Absolutely, it’s definitely the right thing for him to do. It’s harsh but fair from Lamouchi.
“After the addition of six summer signings, Forest now have 33 first-team players on their books, which is just too much.
“Getting rid of the deadwood will free up the wage bill, allowing Lamouchi to bring in his own players and strengthen in areas of the pitch.”
Michael Hefele told to leave – surprised?
“It has been a tough time at the City Ground for Hefele, but I think that this departure has been a long time coming.
“With the likes of Michael Dawson, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo all fighting with Yohan Benalouane, Alex Milosevic and Jack Robinson for a place in defence, you’d have to say that Hefele is probably the least talented out of them all.
“Even Aitor Karanka supposedly wanted to get rid of him before he was sacked in January, which says it all.”
Luke Steele told to leave – surprised?
“You have to feel slightly sorry for Steele in a way – he never really got given a chance to impress in the league last season, and was mostly known used in the cup competitions as backup to Costel Pantilimon.
“Forest definitely needed to bring in a new, upcoming goalkeeper to compete for the number one spot, and bringing in Muric from Manchester City definitely fills that void.
“Steele is approaching the latter stages of his career, and should look to find another club.”
Daryl Murphy told to leave – surprised?
“Murphy is a player who has certainly divided opinions at the City Ground over the last couple of years.
“He clearly isn’t the quickest and most dynamic of forwards, but I wonder what people expect from a 36-year-old Championship striker?
“Nevertheless, it’s definitely the right decision to let go of him, and having also let go of Karim Ansarifard to Qatar, you would imagine that a new forward could be set to come in.”
Liam Bridcutt told to leave – surprised?
“Bridcutt is the only player out of the four that I think deserves another chance at Forest.
“Looking back, he has hardly put a foot wrong whilst playing for the Reds, and has been the unfortunate victim of a wholesale managerial changes.
“He would definitely still do a job in the Championship, and even though Forest have plenty of options in midfield, letting him leave could be a mistake.”
With that being said, where should Forest look to strengthen now?
“I think Forest should now look to strengthen up top, with Murphy set to leave and Ansarifard leaving for Qatar.
“Lewis Grabban is a very good striker at Championship level, but even he needs competition to make him an even better player.
“I’d say that they also need reinforcements at right-back, given that there isn’t really any backup for Tendayi Darikwa at present.