The best way you can describe something like this is a win-win-win situation.
On one hand, we can get rid of a player that’s hogging up a loan slot in the team and it will also free up a little bit of the wage bill. And we’ll be able to bring in someone that might actually make a difference to the side rather than just looking on forlornly from the touchline.
According to a report from The Athletic, Nottingham Forest are likely to move on from at least one of their three summer loan signings during this upcoming window. Aro Muric, John Bostock and Rafa Mir haven’t exactly had the best of runs at the City Ground, you can pretty much describe the majority of their time at the City Ground as ‘spectators’ as none of them have really made an impact on Forest’s season.
Whilst the report says that they are moving on ‘at least one’, I think that the club need to be far more aggressive than that if they are really going to be able to make some progress in the January window and cancel all three of the loans.
Obviously it’s not quite as simple as that, with parent clubs likely to have a say in the matter whilst they try and find somewhere for them to go, indeed Bostock is reportedly on Charlton Athletic’s radar, but Forest need to be controlling the narrative.
They do have quite a large squad as it stands, with strength in depth in a lot of areas, but they are still one or two players away from being secure in their fight for a top-six space, mainly when it comes to support for Lewis Grabban up top.
It’s really a case of ‘addition by subtraction’, and the more subtractions that you can make of the players that aren’t pulling their weight, the more resources you can focus on players that will be a fine addition to the collection.