Nottingham Forest signed 12 new players during the summer transfer window as Sabri Lamouchi set about reshaping his squad.
The Reds boss has a nice mixture of new recruits, experienced professionals and academy graduates within his ranks. The blend of different options is clearly paying dividends with the Reds currently sitting second in the Championship.
Forest have a proud history of producing their own players and players who are playing well with the under-23 team know that the pathway to the first-team is typically clear.
During the summer an intriguing addition was made to the under-23 ranks in the form of Greek goalkeeper Marios Siampanis.
The 20-year-old joined on loan from Olympiacos and has played in five matches Jimmy Gilligan’s under-23 team so far this season.
Last night he collected his fifth cap for the Greece under-21s, producing a series of fine saves during a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic. The result maintained his nation’s position at the top of their European Championship qualifying group.
Siampanis signed for Olympiacos from PAOK in July, costing the Greek giants £218,000 (Transfermarkt). He was sent to Forest a month later as part of his development.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Siampanis but the prospects of him rejoining the club on loan next season aren’t completely beyond the realms of realism.
Although Forest have a wealth of options between the posts right now, that position might not look quite so comfortable in the summer of 2020.
Arijanet Muric will return to Manchester City at the end of his loan, whilst Jordan Smith and Luke Steele will both see their contract expire at the end of the campaign.
That will leave Forest will just Brice Samba on Costel Pantilimon, although it seems highly likely that the Romanian will leave during the January transfer window.
If Siampanis continues to impress the Forest coaching staff and keep his place in the under-23 side, then Evangelos Marinakis might just decide to extend his stay in the East Midlands.