Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill will welcome the opportunity to put his own stamp on his squad next season.

As with most managers, O’Neill will look to oversee some incoming and outgoing business.

Given that the Forest squad is somewhat bloated it seems likely that some players will be offloaded.


With several members of the squad currently out on loan, it remains to be seen what the future holds for them.

We assessed each player currently on a temporary stint away from the club and looked at whether the club should stick of twist this summer.

Jordan Smith – Mansfield Town

Smith has recently found himself sidelined at the Stags as Conrad Logan keeps goal.

A below-par performance from Logan in Monday’s draw with Lincoln could hand Smith reprieve this weekend, however.

There is hope that the academy graduate can still have a future at Forest but at 24-years-0ld those chances look slim.

With Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele contract at Forest for next season, Smith could leave in search of regular football.

Verdict: Twist

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Joe Worrall – Rangers

Worrall has recently been nominated for the Young Player of the Year at Ibrox.

The 22-year-old has looked in fine form for Steven Gerrard’s side of late and has spoken openly about wanting another Forest chance.

Worrall would compete with some good central defensive options at the City Ground, but he can have a bright future at Forest.

Verdict: Stick

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Panagiotis Tachtsidis – Leece

The central midfielder only made one appearance for the Reds and it seems very unlikely he will return to the club.

Verdict: Twist

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Jorge Grant – Mansfield

The 24-year-old has very quickly become the Marmite man at One Call Stadium.

Some of their supporters have not rated his performances of late, although he has shown obvious quality during his short time at the club.

Grant is another one who desperately needs football. He might get a chance to shine in pre-season but if he fails to shine another loan move could beckon.

Verdict: Stick

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Gboly Ariyibi – Motherwell

The American winger has never played a single first-team game for Forest.

Signed by Gary Brazil back in 2017 he has spent time on loan with Northampton, MK Dons and now the Well.

The 24-year-old looks to have found his level in Scotland and a permanent move would suit all parties.

Verdict: Twist

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Zach Clough – Rochdale

The ex-Bolton man has seen his career take a nosedive since falling down the pecking order at Forest.

Currently trying to revive himself on loan at Rochdale, Clough is having a real battle trying to force his way into contention.

The Reds paid decent money to land the forward and might have to take a hit on Clough.

Verdict: Twist

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Jason Cummings – Luton Town

Since signing for the runaway League One leaders in January, Cummings has played just eight minutes of football.

It would appear that Luton are the latest in a long list of clubs that simply cannot do anything with the Scottish striker.

Cummings simply doesn’t seem to have the application to be a success on these shores.

Verdict: Twist

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Apostolos Vellios – Waasland-Beveren

Four goals in 16 appearances mean that the Greek striker hasn’t exactly set the Jupiler Pro League alight.

The 27-year-old hasn’t been in the squad for six of the last eight games and it would appear they regret taking him on loan.

Will return to the City Ground in the summer, but probably not for long.

Verdict: Twist

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Tyler Walker – Mansfield Town

The 22-year-old has scored 21 goals for the Stags as they look to win promotion from League Two.

Walker has showcased that he has what it takes to be a success at Forest.

The Reds might be short of striking options next season. Daryl Murphy is 35 and Karim Ansarifard could return to Greece.

The son of Reds legend Des could act as the backup to Forest’s talisman.

Verdict: Stick

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