Nottingham Forest signed 12 new players during the summer and that has left the club with several players waiting patiently in the wings.
Some of those peripheral figures are closer to Sabri Lamouchi’s first team than others and January could see another reshuffle in personnel.
Any potential mid-season departures should be thought through meticulously by the club and learning lessons from previous campaigns must be the order of the day.
Last season saw Forest experience a crisis at centre-back. Injuries had decimated Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Hefele, Danny Fox was sold to Wigan; whilst the club wasn’t able to recall Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers.
That saw a glut of January defensive additions. Alex Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane and Molla Wague all arrived to try and ease the chaos at the back. Jack Robinson was also utilised at centre-back on occasions too.
Looking at the squad right now Forest should, without tempting fate, be alright this season. Dawson and Figueiredo are back fit, whilst Worrall and Chema Rodriguez also represent improvements on the second half of 2019/20.
Swedish defender Milosevic throws up an intriguing one. If you had surveyed Forest supporters at the start of the season I’d put good money on over 60% calling for the 27-year-old to be Lamouchi’s first-choice defender for the campaign.
Instead, he has been demoted to the club’s fifth-choice central defensive option and that represents a surprise in the eyes of many supporters who grew to love him last season.
Although Milosevic is kicking his heels on the fringes of the matchday squad, Forest should perhaps refrain from selling him in January.
He is out of contract in the summer but having signed as a free agent it wouldn’t really be a complete catastrophe if he departed at the end of his contract during the summer of 2020.
Part to play
The winter is a long one in English football and it’s not beyond the realms of reality that Forest could pick up injuries and suspensions.
Forest could well maintain their current form and put up a serious bid for promotion to the top-flight and the last thing they need is another defensive injury crisis curtailing their progress.
Milosevic doesn’t seem like the sort of personality that will rock the boat in terms of the harmony within the ranks. Although he hasn’t made the squad for a league game yet this season, Forest should perhaps think twice before choosing to offload him in January.
It highlights an embarrassment of riches that the Reds should have a player of his quality in reserve and the seven-cap international could still play a part during 2019/20.