Nottingham Forest’s first-team squad are busy preparing for tonight’s glamorous friendly against Olympiacos in Greece.

When they land back in the UK later this week, boss Sabri Lamouchi will probably be looking to add the finishing touches to his squad.

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Some players may well leave the club, given the size of the squad, but one or two areas could still do with reinforcement.

One of those positions is at right-back.

Tendayi Darikwa is the only senior option that can lay claim to being a natural on the right-hand side of the defence.

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So what does Lamouchi do?

Will he go with one and use makeshift options as a back-up? Will he sign another right-back? The outcome remains to be seen.

Seat Pitch looked at three options that the Forest boss could consider to fill his depleted looking defensive area:

Sign Mehdi Zeffane

The Algerian defender is currently away on international duty preparing for the African Cup of Nations Final against Senegal.

After that, he will crank up his search for a new club.

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The fact that his former boss at Rennes, Lamouchi is now back in work could well be music to the ears of Zeffane.

The 27-year-old wouldn’t be a bad option for Forest considering he would be available on a free transfer.


He has performed well for Algeria out in Egypt and would add suitable competition for Darikwa.

Promote Jayden Richardson

The Forest academy prospect is one of several Reds youngsters training with the team out in Greece.

That should say how highly thought of he is at the City Ground and could a lack of options open a door for him.

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Right now, Darikwa will be the first choice and the Reds only need an understudy.

Richardson has been fancied enough to warrant Lamouchi taking a closer look on the pre-season training camps and that bodes well for him.

The 18-year-old will hope to impress his boss sufficiently during the friendly contests.

Change of system in Darikwa’s absence

The fact that Forest haven’t rushed out and signed a right-back perhaps suggest that Lamouchi has something up his sleeve.

Maybe the system could change to accommodate a wing-back should Darikwa ever miss out through injury or suspension.

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A right-sided wing-back role would be perfect for Matty Cash. He played there last season under Martin O’Neill on occasions and did alright.

Putting square pegs in round holes probably wouldn’t be favourable among the club’s supporters, but it could save the club a bob or two in the short-term.

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