After showing massive ambition in the summer with a glut of new arrivals it seems likely that Nottingham Forest will be under massive scrutiny once more during the January transfer window.
The Reds added several new players to their ranks in the summer with Aitor Karanka desperately keen to lead Forest to the Premier League.
Given that the Forest boss has now identified what his best starting eleven is it seems much more probable that players will start to depart the City Ground.
Two men who could be on their way out of the club are Ben Watson and Liam Bridcutt. According to Football Insider, the midfield duo might have already been given the green light that their days as Forest players are numbered.
It has to be said that it perhaps wouldn’t come as any real surprise should the experienced pair not be part of Forest’s squad list come to the end of the next transfer window.
Watson, 33, has played nine times in the Championship for the Reds this season captaining the side on six occasions, whilst 29-year-old Bridcutt has played just one minute of league football all season.
Both players failed to showcase their talents during a recent League Cup defeat to Burton Albion and that performance looks to have been the final straw for a frustrated Karanka.
The Spanish boss could now look to sanction departures for the midfielders in an attempt to make room in his squad for more new recruits.
The double departure probably wouldn’t cause too much unrest among the Forest faithful. Watson, in particular, has copped a lot of slack this season, with many fans of the belief that he is way beyond his best.
It would also see Karanka’s ruthless style come back to fruition if these departures do take place. The Spaniard ruled with an iron fist when he first arrived at the club, offloading eight players within the first month of his tenure.