Claudio Yacob has taken in 17 appearances for Nottingham Forest.

He may find himself left stuck on that number.

Summer transfer business at the City Ground is edging him ever closer to the exits.

Tiago Silva and Alfa Semedo are among the new arrivals.

Both midfielders.

And two men who will be looking to operate centrally for the Reds in 2019-20.

Sabri Lamouchi has acquired more graft and guile.

Yacob’s face appears to no longer fit.

He was already generating exit talk prior to the recent flurry of fresh faces added to the Forest squad.

Combative

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Like many before him, the Argentine has, by SDNA, been linked with a switch to Olympiakos.

The door may be about to swing open.

It is difficult to see how Yacob can find the game time he craves – with the likes of Ryan Yates, Ben Watson and Adlene Guedioura also in the picture.

He is deserving of more minutes than he has been getting.

His combative qualities have endeared him to a loyal fan base, with the general consensus being that he should have figured more frequently.

It may be that he is now never seen again.

Along with a few other experienced heads around him.

Reds legend Garry Birtles has said in the Nottingham Post: “Nobody needs to tell the club that they need to trim the wage bill because that is patently obvious, and frankly, it isn’t sustainable.

“Jamie Ward and Stephen Henderson have gone, but there are still a lot of players on the fringes that are unlikely to play under the new manager, ones that need to be moved on.

Professionals

 

“Daryl Murphy, Claudio Yacob and Liam Bridcutt are all good professionals who have never let Forest down, professionals you feel will be allowed to leave over the course of the next few weeks.

“That’s why these players all have agents now, to get them out of somewhere they don’t necessarily want to be.”

Bridcutt has been out of favour for some time and even the arrival of a new boss has done his cause few favours.

Murphy is 36 years of age and will be aware of the calls for Forest to bolster their attacking unit.

The Irish Sun have, amid talk of a possible return to Ipswich, reported on the Irishman being deemed surplus to requirements – with those claims backed up by the Nottingham Post and an apparent four-man shortlist of those told to find new clubs.

Yacob could be considered unfortunate to find himself in a similar category.

He is, however, about to celebrate his 32nd birthday and is clearly not regarded as a long-term option.

His efforts since arriving at Forest in September 2018 will be remembered fondly by those who saw him in action.

There does seem to be no way back from this point, though, for a South American star that shone only briefly on the banks of the Trent.

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