Nottingham Forest are currently progressing nicely in the Sky Bet Championship. After Wednesday’s 4-0 win over QPR, they sit in fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Reds have negotiated the first 17 games of the season well so far and Sabri Lamouchi has taken to English football with aplomb.
Forest have been here before, however. It’s not too uncommon for the Reds to be nicely poised going into a demanding Christmas period. It is, however, unheard of the Forest to emerge after the festive games still in a similar position.
The challenge for Lamouchi will naturally be to buck the trend and he will back himself to do that.
Forest are now blessed with a squad which belies new-found confidence and that can only bode well going into a tough run of fixtures.
With the squad now strong, players will be desperately hoping to shine when they do get the chance to play.
One player who has found himself in that situation is Jack Robinson.
The ex-Liverpool trainee started the season in the starting eleven but was eventually displaced by Yuri Ribeiro.
The 26-year-old found himself back in the frame last week at Bristol City when the Portuguese star injured a knee in training.
Since returning to the side he has helped the Reds to two clean sheets. First at Bristol City where Forest played for half an hour with 10-men and then in midweek at former club QPR.
The fact that Robinson has stepped into the void at left-back with such aplomb highlights the strength in depth on offer at the City Ground.
In previous years Forest have been forced to deploy square pegs in round holes. Ben Osborn, Eric Lichaj and even Michael Mancienne have operated on the left-hand side in the absence of a natural left-back before.
With Forest now having two natural left-backs debate among supporters this season has naturally turned to which one is preferred.
It’s fair to say the vast majority have been pleased with Ribeiro’s energy over Robinson’s solidity.
That doesn’t mean the Warrington-born player is unpopular though – far from it.
Robinson is out of contract during the summer and as a result, Ribeiro’s injury might have come at the perfect time.
The proven Championship performer knows that if he wants to win an extension to his City Ground stay then he must perform to the highest possible level.
During the last two games, he has looked determined to prove people wrong. Robinson has highlighted what he is all about. He isn’t blessed with loads of pace but he does have heart in abundance.
Very few Championship clubs boast two left-backs as capable as Robinson and Ribeiro. The Reds should certainly benefit from having such depth as the season progresses.
If Robinson can continue his vein of form then a new Forest contract will surely be a given.