Nottingham Forest spent the summer adding to their squad and an injury to Tendayi Darikwa saw their need for a right-back become more urgent.

Carl Jenkinson was signed from Arsenal for £2 million (Daily Mail) but after just four games he too found himself warming the treatment table.

Injuries to the two senior right-backs meant that Sabri Lamouchi had a problem. Matty Cash has since developed into a solid right-back and the absence of the two casualties hasn’t been too badly felt.

One former Forest player might have been looking back at his City Ground days wondering what might have been had he signed permanently for the club.

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Saidy Janko was a pretty reliable member of the squad last season but following Aitor Karanka’s departure, he found himself a peripheral figure.

The Swiss defender failed to make the squad a lot of the time under Martin O’Neill. The Irishman preferring Darikwa instead.

Janko played 17 games for the club and ironically Forest could have done with a player like him at the start of the season with options dropping like flies.

Of course, Cash has now stepped up and it’s all theoretical but nonetheless, Janko might have proved a decent option in reserve.

The 24-year-old is currently flying at his new club. He signed for Young Boys of Switzerland on loan from Porto during the summer.

He has played 22 games already this season in all competitions. Four of those have come in the Europa League where Janko has helped to topple Rangers and Feyenoord.

Domestically, the table-toppers have lost just one of their 13 league games.

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The ex-Manchester United man looks to have found a home at Young Boys and is currently benefitting from a run of games.


Porto must still hope that he has a part to play in the future. The fact he keeps going out on loan certainly highlights that the Portuguese side feel he has potential.

Forest was perhaps the right club at the wrong time for Janko and not many supporters will begrudge him success elsewhere.

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Cash’s emergence as a solid performer at right-back has ensured that the Reds haven’t missed him just yet.

Only time will tell, however, whether the youngster will become one that got away from Forest in the long-term.

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