Nottingham Forest have had somewhat of a transitional campaign this year but sit within touching distance of the play-offs.
Martin O’Neill replaced Aitor Karanka earlier in the season and is still tweaking the side to find his best XI as well as looking ahead to next year, with one eye on a potential top-six spot.
One victim, so to speak, of the revolution at the City Ground, has been Joao Carvalho.
Used more in a substitute role under O’Neill, the 22-year-old Portuguese talent has underwhelmed since his move to the Championship, despite scoring four times, registering six assists.
It has been a curious campaign for a player that much more expected from.
Not all hope is lost, but with the summer looking and the proverbial axe to be swung in the off-season, Carvalho faces an uncertain future at Forest.
So, here, we take a look at some of the potential options that could be open to the 22-year-old…
Stay at Nottingham Forest
There is no doubt that staying at the City Ground is an option, considering the price paid for him and the length of contract he is currently on.
The summer will be crucial for Carvalho to show O’Neill what he can do when getting a full pre-season under his belt.
That will be vital to winning over his manager who has an indifferent opinion of his ability.
Head back to Portugal
The unlikeliest of the options for the youngster is a move back to Portugal.
Having signed from Benfica, there could be a chance to go back – but he moved to England to establish himself in the top tables of the game on this island.
Heading home will be a symbol of defeat and that his move to Forest was a failure.
Get loaned out
If opportunities in the first-team are not forthcoming, a loan away could well be the perfect solution for all involved.
Carvalho is only young – there is potential there still – and he could have a future at Forest, but may need time on the pitch to improve and develop.
If that is not going to be at the City Ground, but O’Neill things he could play a part further down the line, then a temporary move away could solve his current dilemma.