Sabri Lamouchi is likely to name a much-changed side for Nottingham Forest’s Carabao Cup tie against Fleetwood Town tomorrow night.
Lamouchi has a massive squad of players at his disposal, and it would make sense to give minutes to some players yet to feature for the Reds this season.
The Frenchman named an unchanged starting line-up for last weekend’s game against Leeds United, following an opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion the week prior.
This means there are a number of players yet to even make the matchday squad this season.
Here are four players who could come into the starting line-up tomorrow night.
Matty Cash has started the opening two games of the season at right-back, but it would make sense to give Carl Jenkinson a go here.
The 27-year-old will be itching to make his debut following his move from Arsenal last week. However, after only making eight appearances last season, it might take him a while to get match fit.
This game provides him with the opportunity to build up his fitness before being thrown into a Championship match.
Given Jack Robinson’s slow start to the season, Yuri Ribeiro should be given a chance to impress in this game.
The 22-year-old joined the Reds from Benfica at the beginning of July. However, Lamouchi has barely used the left-back so far, even during pre-season.
Whether or not this is an indication of his fitness levels remains to be seen.
If he was to be given an opportunity in this game, he could earn himself a spot in the team for the weekend.
John Bostock only arrived at the City Ground on Deadline Day, but will be hoping for a chance tomorrow night.
Given the amount of midfielders at Lamouchi’s disposal, it isn’t guaranteed that he will be named in the starting line-up. The likes of Samba Sow will also be pushing for a start.
It’s fair to say the City Ground crowd would be interested in seeing Bostock play, having been one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the country at the start of his career.
The Reds showed a lot of grit and determination to secure a result against Leeds at the weekend. Sammy Ameobi was one of the standout players with his cameo performance off the bench.
The 27-year-old produced one superb run in which he beat several players down the right-hand side.
He’ll be hoping that this was enough for him to earn a starting place tomorrow night.