The summer transfer proved to be a very busy time for the recruitment team in place at Nottingham Forest. No fewer than 12 players arrived at the club, whilst hard work was evident to try and shift some of the unwanted members of the squad.
At the end of August, the window slammed shut for teams in League One and Two and Forest did manage to trim their squad down quite considerably in the end.
One player did manage to end a traumatic couple of years at the City Ground was Liam Bridcutt. The defensive midfielder joined crisis-club Bolton on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The 30-year-old badly lost his way at Forest. He wasn’t in favour under Aitor Karanka or Martin O’Neill and made just three appearances in the Carabao Cup last season, along with a single minute of league football during a 1-0 win over Rotherham United.
After arriving in 2017, Bridcutt left Forest having played 31 times for the club, scoring one goal and registering three assists.
The luckless Bridcutt might just find himself back at the Reds after just a month at the University of Bolton Stadium. During Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Blackpool, it is feared that the maestro might have fractured his collarbone (Bolton Wanderers News).
It is a real shame for the player who had been given the captain’s armband during his first five games for his new club and his future could now be back in limbo.
Of course, given the situation at Bolton, it is likely that boss Keith Hill will want him back at the club following his injury. He is, however, likely to return to Forest for treatment as is usually the case when a loan player picks up an injury.
If you survey the majority of Forest supporters some would perhaps say he was a bit unfortunate last season. In the games he played in the League Cup he did okay for the team, but he was just too far down the pecking order to ever get a chance.
Jack Colback, Claudio Yacob, Adlene Guedioura and Ben Watson were all in front of him; whilst later in the campaign, Ryan Yates also leapfrogged the former Leeds man into the first-team.
The luckless Bridcutt will hope that his injury doesn’t keep him on the sidelines for too long. At 30 he needs to be playing as much football as possible and playing games is exactly why he chose to sign for Bolton.
His Forest days are definitely over and with his contract set to expire during next summer, he will hope to recover quickly and earn himself a permanent deal with the Trotters.