Nottingham Forest haven’t had a great deal to shout about in terms of success during the last five years.

During the period the club has changed hands off the pitch, whilst it was very nearly relegated to League One on the green bit.


As with every football club, however, there have been some decent days supporting the Reds during the period.

Some positive results against good sides have occurred, whilst the club has still welcomed some good players through the City Ground gates.

Here at Seat Pitch, we looked at five players who could be considered the club’s very best recruits in the last five years.

Joe Lolley

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Straight in with one of the club’s current crop, Lolley represented superb business for Forest.

He signed from Huddersfield Town in January 2018 and is now one of the Championship’s most creative talents.

In February, Lolley penned a new deal at the City Ground as confirmed by the club’s official website.

To date, the 26-year-old has 12 goals and 12 assists from 58 appearances in a Forest shirt.

Michail Antonio

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Another winger who makes the grade in this particular compilation is Antonio.

Signed as a 24-year-old Antonio quickly adhered himself to the Forest faithful with a string of fine performances.

The speed demon’s career blossomed at the City Ground, where he netted 19 goals and claimed 15 assists from just over 50 appearances.

He was sold to West Ham United during Forest’s transfer embargo in 2015 and is currently a regular for the Hammers.

Joao Carvalho

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Another of the current crop to make the grade is the Portuguese maestro who became Forest’s record signing in the summer.

Signed for £13.2 million from Benfica, according to BBC Sport, the 22-year-old has had a solid first season in English football.

The little magician has posted four goals and six assists from his first campaign and there is more to come from the youngster.

Britt Assombalonga

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Given his acrimonious departure from the City Ground, this one might prove unpopular with supporters.

When he signed from Peterborough United he was the club’s record signing and became one of the most feared marksmen in the Championship.

Assombalonga netted 30 goals from 69 appearances and but for injuries, he would have scored a lot more.

Signed for Middlesbrough in 2017 for £15 million, according to BBC Sport.

Lewis Grabban

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Some of the more cynical supporters questioned Forest in the summer when they parted with £6 million, according to BBC Sport, to land a 30-year-old.

Now 31, the talisman has proved to be worth every single penny, netting 16 goals in his maiden season in a Forest shirt.

Grabban is the signing that was needed when Assombalonga first departed but the club did get their replacement in the end.

After suffering from an injury of late, there is hope that Grabban can fire Forest towards the top-six during the last eight games.


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