Nottingham Forest and stability haven’t quite gone hand to hand in recent years, particularly when it comes to sticking with managers.

Given the trigger happy nature which the club has gone through managers, there is some reason to celebrate as Aitor Karanka brings up a full calendar year in charge.

The Spaniard arrived exactly one year to yesterday to replace Mark Warburton and the vast majority of fans hope he will be given time to complete the ultimate aim of promotion.

Forest have had their ups and downs during Karanka’s first 365 days in charge.

The Reds boss has overseen a large turnover in players as he looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging in the higher echelons of the Championship.

Given such a large amount of transfer activity, Seat Pitch took a look at the five best incomings during Karanka’s tenure so far.

Joe Lolley

Some eyebrows were raised when Karanka paid Huddersfield a small fee to bring Lolley to the City Ground, not least as he was something of an unknown quantity.

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Lolley scored a couple of crucial goals last term to steer the Reds towards Championship safety, whilst this season he has eight assists and six goals to his name.

At 26-years-old, the versatile winger has lots of time on his side and he is very much one of Forest most important players these days.

Lee Tomlin

Make no bones about it, Tomlin raised spirits around the City Ground no end last season.

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Having arrived on loan from Cardiff City it had been intriguing to see how his temporary spell would pan out and the attacker didn’t disappoint.

The 29-year-old scored four goals and helped himself to three assists, showcasing an entertaining style to his play.

It was perhaps a surprise that Tomlin wasn’t signed for a second spell by Karanka during the summer, given the quality of his performances last season.

Lewis Grabban

Forest have scoured high and low for a consistently clinical striker in recent years and in Lewis Grabban the Reds have finally found one.

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It might have cost Karanka a large chunk of his summer budget to sign the talisman, but with 15 goals to his name this season, the £6 million price tag is looking relatively cheap.

Grabban took some time to settle in a Forest shirt but now looks like a man that can score goals for the club for years to come.

Jack Colback

The on-loan Newcastle United midfielder has been Forest’s best player this season.

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The 28-year-old signed a year ago to aid Forest’s fight against relegation to League One and worked superbly well alongside Ben Watson as a midfield pairing.

Karanka opted to bring Colback back to the East Midlands this season and he certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Michael Dawson

The experienced defender has only played 10 league games for the Reds this season, but it is rather telling that Forest haven’t tasted defeat whilst he has been in the side for a Championship fixture.

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It is quite remarkable that the Reds have struggled so much when a 35-year-old defender hasn’t been in the side but that just highlights the influence he has on Karanka’s young squad.

Dawson is currently nursing a hamstring injury and Forest will hope to have him back sooner rather than later.

Joao Carvalho

Forest’s record signing is something of a ‘marmite’ performer at the moment, with some fans loving him, whilst others remain unsure of his worth.

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Strip away his valuation and it is fair to say that the 21-year-old is a fantastic footballer.

In his first season playing Championship football, he has netted three goals and claimed six assists, highlighting some superb technical ability to the Forest faithful.

Carvalho is by no means the finished article but £13.2 million in today’s market doesn’t actually look like bad business for a player as gifted as the ex-Benfica man.

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