Nottingham Forest have not had a great deal of success on the pitch over the past five years.

The club has experienced relegation battles, boardroom uncertainties and star players sold at free will.

Times are thankfully changing at the City Ground. Some good young players are coming through the ranks and the Reds are on course for a top half finish this season.


The team hasn’t always looked quite so solid, however, with some seriously underwhelming players gracing the club in recent times.

Here at Seat Pitch, we looked at five players who could go down as the club’s five worst signings since 2014.

Nicklas Bendtner

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The Danish striker was a surprising free transfer by former boss Philippe Montanier back in 2016.

What wasn’t surprising is that he still wasn’t very good at football.

Bendtner never really looked interested during his time in the renowned Forest colours, netting just twice in 17 games for the club.

He was eventually flogged to Rosenborg where he has featured in their European campaign this season.

Lars Veldwijk

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The South Africa international was signed for Forest by Stuart Pearce as a star of the future.

Veldwijk found the net just once during his 17 appearances for the Reds, in a League Cup win over Millwall.

He was offloaded in 2016 and is now the captain at Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Second Division.

Never cut the mustard in England and looked overawed by the challenge of playing Championship football.

Nicolao Dumitru

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If this compilation was ranked then it is quite possible that Dumitru would find himself top of the pops.

The winger was signed on loan from Napoli and was expected to do decent things at the City Ground.

Scored once for the Reds in 12 appearances and was a winger who didn’t like taking full-backs on.

A true City Ground flop!

Rafik Djebbour

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Signed in January 2014, Djebbour scored once in seven outings for the Reds.

After netting on his debut it was hoped that he might kick on and prove as an asset to the squad.

Djebbour has scored goals wherever he has played – except for the City Ground.

The Championship just didn’t suit his style and he will go down as a vastly underwhelming signing for the Reds.

Liam Trotter

Dougie Freedman signed a lot of decent players during his time in charge of Forest.

Due to a transfer embargo, however, he also signed a lot of rubbish and Trotter falls into the category of the latter.

The uncompromising defensive midfielder actually netted on his debut but was largely ineffective during the nine games in which he played.

His array of passing was truly woeful and games largely passed him by.

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