Sabri Lamouchi has offered a “fresh start” to those at Nottingham Forest, which could be good news for any number of those on the fringes of the fold.

And a few of those who have found themselves wandering aimlessly in the wilderness.

Liam Bridcutt, Claudio Yacob, Joe Worrall – all names that fit the bill.

One ostracised, another out of favour and the latter away on loan.

A clean slate has been presented to one and all.

Michael Dawson, another of those who may feel he has a point to prove after an injury-ravaged 2018-19 campaign, has told the Nottingham Post: “Everything that happened last season has gone.

“For the lads who did well, for the lads who maybe did not do so well and the lads who were injured – pre-season is a fresh start for everyone.

“You have games, you work hard in training and you try to ensure you are as fit as possible.

“If you can get through pre-season, it gives you every chance of having a good campaign. I hope that’s what I can do.”


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Sabri Lamouchi is likely to have arrived at the City Ground with an open mind when it comes to those at his disposal.

He will have had little knowledge of many members of the squad.

How much time he was given to swot up on all things Forest before his appointment – given the remarkably quick turnaround in the dugout – is an altogether different debate.

The Frenchman has provided a blank page.

He needs 11 names to fill it before facing West Brom on August 3.

And a few more beyond that he feels can be trusted to play an important role over the course of a 46-game season.

Bridcutt, who took in one minute of Championship football last term and just four outings in total, could be the biggest beneficiary of a changing of the guard.

He has already figured in pre-season.

As has Worrall, fresh from his loan spell at Rangers.


Dawson is fit again, as is Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Hefele.

Claudio Yacob is a favoured option of many to fill a holding midfield role, especially as a permanent move for Jack Colback now appears unlikely.

Could he go from bit-part player to leading man under Lamouchi?

What roles will the likes of Costel Pantilimon, Jack Robinson, Ben Osborn, Ben Watson, Ryan Yates, Daryl Murphy, Tyler Walker, Joao Carvalho, Karim Ansarifard, Adlene Guedioura, Matty Cash and Arvin Appiah have to play?

And beyond that, will more academy graduates be brought through – Brennan Johnson et al?

The door appears to still be closed to some, with Zach Clough and Jason Cummings seemingly part of the past rather than the present and future.

Everything else is up in the air.

There are a whole host of players who could be regular starters or surplus to requirements.

A fresh start is here, but who will make the most of it?

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