Tendayi Darikwa is likely to leave Nottingham Forest this month, Chris Hughton has revealed.
Darikwa didn’t make a single appearance last season, after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season.
This season, Cyrus Christie – who joined from Fulham in the summer – has established himself as Forest’s first-choice right-back.
Darikwa, meanwhile, has been left out of the matchday squad on multiple occasions, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, his future looks very uncertain.
The 29-year-old is likely to leave Forest this month, though, as Chris Hughton revealed to Nottinghamshire Live on Thursday.
He said: “We’ve always been very open with Tendayi. He’s a really good individual, a good trainer and a good player. But it’s a good while – even before my time – since he’s played.
“He is one that if there’s an opportunity for him to get games elsewhere, then I think that’s an opportunity we would accept and he would take.”
Naturally, many Forest fans have reacted to Hughton’s stance on the player, with many left unhappy about the potential departure.
Many feel as if Darikwa hasn’t had chance to show his best football in a Forest shirt, having been injured for a majority of his time at the City Ground.
With Christie’s performances dividing opinions amongst fans, too, many fans have been left wondering if this is the right call or not.
Here’s what they had to say…
First Cash now Tendayi. Why do we keep selling our best right backs?
— London Trickies (@LondonTrickies) January 8, 2021
— KP03 (@Kian51373294) January 7, 2021
Yet we’ll play an absolute donkey at RB makes sense
— Nathan (@nffcnathann) January 7, 2021
Loved this guy. One of our own. Perhaps it’s best for him after injury. Good luck to him. Do hope we make the right decisions in January.
— Trixie King NFFC (@TrixieKing27) January 7, 2021
Big contract; not played football in 18 months. Seems a sensible move for all parties given this move will be the last decent contact of his career. Good luck to him, good servant and never let the club down.
— Mike (@msmcglau) January 7, 2021
— Lance Stroll #MarinakisOut (@JmIBC) January 7, 2021
Not played in a long time, will have lost form and was never that good to begin with. Right move.
— barry (@bashheish) January 8, 2021
Best right back at the club🤦🏻
— Tom Leighton (@TomLeighton7) January 7, 2021
Feel for him, should have been our right back this season, he's no worse than Christie, although I'm not sure he's significantly better either mind… But facts are, he hasn't played for ages, isn't likely to either, 29, out of contract soon, good move all round if he gets a move
— Gary (@RedDogGary) January 7, 2021
Gutted for him.
— Debs🥂💙 (@deblee_smith) January 7, 2021