Aitor Karanka recently admitted the Nottingham Forest squad is too bloated and needs trimming in January before he’s considering any talk about recruitments.
The Reds boss was pleased with the business done by Forest over the summer, but he now wants to cut the deadwood from the squad which could see four or five players sold or loaned out in the winter transfer window.
With the likes of Stephen Henderson, Juan Rafael Fuentes and Gboly Ariyibi not being used in the squad this season, their City Ground future will be uncertain.
Stats show that Karanka has in fact used 29 players in all competitions this season, although two of them have made just a single appearance. The Forest boss nevertheless isn’t happy with his squad size and wants to take an axe to it in January.
Panagiotis Tachtsidis has been selected in the Forest matchday squad but hasn’t made an appearance, Arvin Appiah has been in the squad three times, appearing once, new-boy Karim Ansarifard has turned out once under Karanka so far while Jordan Smith & Ryan Yates have each made just one appearance.
The players at risk could be loanees Sam Byram (injured) & Diogo Goncalves and Liam Bridcutt due to their respective lack of appearances. Karanka said to Nottingham Live: “I do not know for certain, yet. But I can tell you today that I would like to have less players in the squad. I like to have a squad of around 22, but at the minute we have a squad of 26 or 27.
“We did good work in the market in August and we have been talking about the market in January already. I would like to have less players”. Forest are currently seventh in the Championship with 27 points from 17 games this season, coming off the back of two wins and two draws from their last four.
They’re keeping up the pace with the playoffs and could use the January transfer window to strengthen any weaknesses to ensure they get over the line.