Nottingham Forest head to Bristol City on Saturday looking to win their third successive game in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Reds travel to Ashton Gate on the back of impressive wins against Luton Town and Derby County and Sabri Lamouchi’s men will be in confident spirits.
Forest are fifth in the league and will hope to keep up the momentum as they face a run of nine games before the January transfer window opens.
Lamouchi’s team hasn’t changed all too frequently and several players have been forced to wait patiently for a chance to impress.
One of those is Albert Adomah. Since arriving on a free from Aston Villa, the winger has started just three games, making a further 11 appearances as a substitute.
The form of Sammy Ameobi has seen him play a peripheral part in Lamouchi’s plans but that shouldn’t have an impact on his morale.
Once the November international break is brushed aside, the games come thick and fast. It is fair to say that lots of players who haven’t featured a great deal will be forced into action in the coming month or so.
Adomah is a quality performer at Championship level. He has been there, done it and received the t-shirt when it comes to the second tier, winning promotion twice with Middlesbrough and the Villans.
The 31-year-old must be a superb influence in the dressing room and the larger than life character was a shrewd summer signing.
He has three goals and two assists to his name this season and is a real grafter within Lamouchi’s ranks.
Ameobi has been the occupant of the position on the opposite flank to Adomah and his good form and superb energy levels have seen him become the mainstay.
The ex-Bolton man is in decent form so doesn’t look like getting dropped during the next few weeks.
Patience is a virtue
Adomah’s time will come, however. With nine games in such a short space of time on the horizon, it seems certain that Lamouchi will need to shuffle certain players at some point.
Morale seems extremely high within the Forest squad right now and that’s a refreshing trait. The good start will have players chomping at the bit to impress in training each day and that can only bode well.
The clear message to the fringe players at the club should be to work hard and be ready when called upon.
Adomah has been in this position in his career before and he will certainly have a part to play at some point during the campaign.