The end is seemingly nigh for Aro Muric and Rafa Mir at Nottingham Forest, with their respective loan agreements about to be cut short.
Two men acquired in the summer transfer window will be set free in the January version.
Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi has said in the Nottingham Post when asked if the pair will be returned to their parent clubs: “Probably, yes. We need to decide with the club.
“But everything is under control from the club and they know exactly what I want and what we need. They are working hard for that.”
Muric arrived at the City Ground from Manchester City with a blossoming reputation.
Held in high regard by Pep Guardiola, the Kosovan keeper was considered to be a useful addition.
Forest had been crying out for stability between the sticks and had a younger option to inherit the gloves from Costel Pantilimon – another man with strong ties to City.
Two costly errors in an opening day defeat to West Brom saw some serious questions asked.
From there, a door was quickly opened for Brice Samba.
At the opposite end of the field, Mir was another who arrived with apparent potential to unlock.
Little has been found through the first half of the season.
Having failed to find the target in 13 appearances, the Spaniard has slipped out of the squad entirely of late.
With Lamouchi taking that decision despite having no other striking alternatives to Lewis Grabban.
A new year was always likely to deliver change in that department.
With no other goal-getters acquired in the last window, finding another has topped the priority list for some time.
Forest can expect to land at least one over the coming weeks.
Lamouchi has added in the Post on his recruitment plans: “Until now, we have signed nobody. I am waiting like you.
“On a serious note, of course we need players with quality to help this team, to improve us, to help us stay up there and to help us fight until the end for our goals.”
Fresh faces will be most welcome.
Forest must, however, ensure that no more mistakes are made.
There is an element of risk in any deal, with guarantees virtually impossible to find.
The Reds are accepting, though, that calculated gambles on Muric and Mir did not pay off.
No harm has been done there.
Yes, Muric quite literally let a few points through his grasp early on, while Mir has offered little to aid the cause when given a chance, but Lamouchi’s side have found a way regardless.
A top-six finish and possible promotion back to the Premier League is there to be at shot.
Writing off errors of judgement at this stage is a wise decision, as something can still be done to right the wrongs and find value down other avenues.