The revolving door of managers and players at Nottingham Forest is a symbol of the drastic changes the club has come to know in recent years.
Because of the owners’ aggressive no-tolerance for failure, it makes it difficult for players to settle in once the new manager wants to bring in his own.
However, amongst the ins and outs of the players and managers, Forest have been able to pick up a handful of players for good value in the past five years.
We take a look at three of them…
The former Aston Villa winger joined Forest on a free transfer in the summer just gone and has made a bright start.
The 31-year-old will by no means set the City Ground alight, but his experience and Championship quality will play an influential role in their playoff push. In addition, he is capable of making an impact off the bench so the added quality in-depth is a positive for Forest in the short-term.
The 6ft striker signed for Forest from Bournemouth for £6m in July 2018 and has looked like value for money ever since. His 16 goals and 3 assists last campaign was his highest total since 2013/14.
With the chance of management, Grabban has flourished even more with four goals in just six games. His goals have led Forest to take a point at Elland Road and a win at Craven Cottage – the home of the two favourites to top the table at the start of the season.
Forest can only hope their main striker continues his fine form, which will likely guide them to a playoff position if he does.
The player at the heart of Forest’s creativity is undeniably their best value for money signing in recent history. Lolley arrived at the City Ground for an undisclosed fee from Huddersfield in January 2018 and he is bound to be worth more than what they paid for him now.
In 18 months he established himself as a goalscorer and provider. The second-half of the 2017/18 season saw him score three and assist three. The next year he exceeded expectations and contributed to 22 league goals – 11 goals and 11 assists. Lolley was directly involved in 36% of Forest’s goals.
While he has not reached remarkable level he showed last year statistically, the league now knows of the threat Lolley poses. They will be keen to limit Nottingham Forest’s main creator has on the games ahead.