Sabri Lamouchi is adjusting to life in the Championship and has got off to a reasonably good start considering the turbulent summer at City Ground.
The Frenchman arrived shortly before pre-season so had little time to get used to his new surroundings before undertaking training and assessing the squad at his disposal.
He would be forgiven for starting slowly both on and off the pitch given it is his first experience in English football, but despite a turnover of 11 players leaving and 12 new arrivals, Forest have impressed on the pitch.
There will be hope in the Midlands that Forest can once again challenge for the play-offs, and although the bookies place them as outsiders for the top six, they have shown signs of promise early on.
They earned their first win in a 3-0 dismantling of Birmingham, in which Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban underlined how key they could be to Forest’s chances of promotion this season.
Then, just a few days later, they put in a battling display at The Valley to draw with in-form Charlton, who are unbeaten at home in league competition since October.
Despite a significant change in personnel over the summer, familiar faces like Lolley, Grabban, Matty Cash and Joe Worrall – who has returned from his loan spell – have been the stand-out performers so far, and the weekend clash against Fulham should be a good test for Lamouchi’s side.
Lolley, in particular, will be keen to impress. He put in a terrific display against Blues in which he got on the scoresheet and grabbed an assist, and is viewed as many as not only Forest’s best player, but one of the best players in the division.
An equally impressive display against Fulham would, therefore, send out a statement of what he is capable of, and a win at Craven Cottage would be a huge confidence boost for him and his teammates – but few in the squad possess his quality, so he will feel a level of responsibility.
Fulham are flying at the moment. They have won three in a row and in the midweek match against Millwall broke an Opta Championship record for possession – having had 84.5% against the Lions in their 4-0 win.
As a result, Lolley may not get too many opportunities to express himself, although that will make any potential impact all the more remarkable, and show the rest of the division he means business once again this season.
The visit to Fulham promises to be a tough fixture and it could show a lot about Lamouchi and his style. Forest showed resilience to rescue a draw against Charlton and if they can maintain that against Fulham and the rest of the season then they should be successful.