Nottingham Forest were busy once again on Deadline Day yesterday, with four players departing the City Ground.
Liam Bridcutt joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until January, whilst Arvin Appiah, Jason Cummings and Daryl Murphy all left the club on a permanent basis.
Despite this, Sabri Lamouchi still has a sizeable 30-man squad at his disposal. There are a number of players still within that squad who stand little chance of being in the Frenchman’s plans for the rest of this season.
One player who firmly falls into that category is midfielder Zach Clough.
According to BBC Sport, the 24-year-old joined the Reds for around £2.5 million on a four-and-a-half-year contract in February 2017. It’s fair to say that not many people would’ve anticipated his demise since.
The former Bolton Wanderers man actually made a positive start to life at the City Ground. He scored four goals in his first eight appearances for the Reds. One of those was the opening goal in a 2-2 draw against Derby County in March 2017.
However, that was the last time that the midfielder found the back of the net for the Reds. He now hasn’t even made an appearance since the 2-1 defeat to Hull City in the FA Cup in January 2018.
Since then, he has returned to the Macron Stadium on loan, as well as having a short spell at Rochdale, but neither were able to help get his career back on track.
It was anticipated that he would leave the City Ground on a permanent basis this summer. He was linked with a switch to Oldham Athletic a few months ago, but a move didn’t materialise.
League One and League Two sides had until 5pm yesterday to make signings, but Clough still remains at the club.
The Reds could still decide to terminate the midfielder’s contract, which would allow the 24-year-old to join another club on a free transfer. However, with two-and-a-half-years still left on his current deal, that seems unlikely.
For that reason, the midfielder may have to settle for playing for the Under-23 side, as he did throughout pre-season, for a few more months yet.