Jack Colback, Sam Byram, Pele, Molla Wague, Saidy Janko, Leo Bonatini and Diogo Goncalves – Nottingham Forest’s loan army.

All have figured at various stages over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.

Some have impressed at times.

Others less so.

They now have just two games left to take in before short-term agreements come to a close.

The hope is that certain members of that septet will be seen again.

A couple may have their bags packed for them.

It would be a surprise to see the likes of Bonatini and Goncalves gracing the famous Garibaldi again.

Colback, though, would be a most welcome addition.

He has proved his worth over the course of two loan spells to suggest that a permanent deal should be sought.

Doors would also be swung open again for Byram.


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He may have endured an injury-hit season with the Reds, but has caught the eye when fit.

Could a full-time agreement be struck there?

If not, then further loan questions should be asked of West Ham.

Martin O’Neill has admitted to already taking decisions on the respective futures of his loanees.

“Yes, in a general tone I have done exactly that,” the Reds boss has told the Nottingham Post.

“Some of the players will go back regardless anyway, because their clubs may want them back.

“Other ones, I’ll have a little look at and see if there’s anything we can do.

“But I haven’t had those conversations with their clubs.”

Talks are planned with Newcastle over Colback.

Everything else remains up in the air.

It would be foolish on Forest’s part were they not to enquire about Byram’s availability.

Should O’Neill be pursuing any more deals for familiar faces?

Wague has grown into his role at the City Ground to record three goals across nine appearances.


He is, however, a centre-half and the Reds are hardly short of options in that area.

With Joe Worrall still to be welcomed back from a stint at Rangers.

Saidy Janko has looked steady enough on the whole, but is another who finds himself down the pecking order when everybody is available.

Is the Swiss needed?

At what of Pele?

Great name, but not necessarily what Forest need.

Especially if Colback can be returned to the banks of the Trent and Claudio Yacob retained.

With Ryan Yates also in the midfield mix despite being a work in progress and Ben Watson having another 12 months to run on his contract.

Pele was also a player snapped up by Monaco in the summer of 2018 for €10 million.

They will not want to write off that investment and Forest could probably better use funds elsewhere.

With the promise of more additions to come as O’Neill puts his own stamp on a squad inherited from Aitor Karanka, how many of the current loan stars will shine at the City Ground again?

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