A club steeped in history like Nottingham Forest have clearly had some remarkably talented players over the years.

The likes of John Robertson, Stuart Pearce and Stan Collymore all served the club with distinction and will rightly remain in folklore forevermore.


But what about the players who have served a purpose during temporary stints at the club.

Loan players are more frequent in the modern era and Forest have had several who often get forgotten about.

Nottingham Forest News eased some of the boredom with no football to comment on by putting together the best XI of loan players to have featured for the club.

Goalkeeper and back four

In goal, it’s pretty much a three-way tussle between Lee Camp, Karl Darlow and Paul Gerrard.

Given that his performances helped keep Forest up and he signed permanently following the shirt goes to Camp.

Colin Calderwood initially added him during the 2008/09 campaign. He made 15 appearances and saved a penalty against Derby County during his initial spell.

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After making the move permanent he played another 193 times for the club, helping Forest to the play-offs twice.

At right-back Chris Gunter proved a solid performer for the Reds, arriving from Tottenham in 2009.

He played 163 times for Forest in total and his loan spell was the start of a consistent run in the Reds team.

At centre-back, it’s impossible to leave out John Terry. He played six times for Forest during 2000 but went onto serve Chelsea and England with distinction, winning everything there is to win with the Blues.

Alongside him, Jack Hobbs proved a decent signing for the Reds when he initially joined on loan in 2013.

He would score a winner against Derby County and but for some rotten luck with injuries, would have played far more times for the Reds.

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At left-back, the problematic nature of this position over the years is highlighted by the fact that several have arrived at the City Ground on loan.

Nicky Shorey was brilliant, George Elokobi was a firm fan favourite and Alan Wright was also pretty good.

Ryan Bertrand gets the nod though for his 19 game stint which set Forest on their way to another campaign where they reached the play-offs.

Honourable mentions: Karl Darlow, Paul Gerrard, George Elokobi, Nicky Shorey, Alan Rogers, Daniel Ayala, Paul Konchesky, Tobias Figueiredo, Sam Byram, Alan Wright.

In midfield

Adlene Guedioura is the first name of the team-sheet here as when Steve Cotterill pulled off a masterstroke when he signed the Algerian.

The former Reds boss didn’t do much else right during a traumatic time for the club but landing the Wolves man was a big positive.

He played 19 times for the club during his first loan spell and helped Forest avoid relegation.

Guedioura would make the move permanent and enjoyed two further spells at the club.

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Alongside him, it’s hard to overlook Aaron Ramsey even if he did only make five appearances for the Reds.

Following his horrendous leg break during a game for Arsenal at Stoke, he was sent to Forest to get himself fit.

He featured in a comfortable win over Crystal Palace and also the memorable 5-2 win over Derby County.

Despite his brief stay at Forest, the quality was there for all to see during his time on Trentside.

Jack Colback completes a midfield three for his form over an 18-month spell at the City Ground.

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Aitor Karanka signed him during his first transfer window as boss and then took him on a season-long deal for the 2018/19 campaign.

The 30-year-old played 55 times for the Reds and became a firm fan favourite.

Some supporters were disappointed that Forest couldn’t re-sign him during the summer but it’s fair to say they haven’t missed the £35,000-a-week maestro.

Honourable mentions: Radoslaw Majewski, Stephen McPhail, Jermaine Jenas, David Vaughan, Gary Gardner, Ben Olsen. 

In attack

This team is made up with a three-pronged attack and the trio were all fan favourites at some point during their careers.

First up is Darren Huckerby who excelled under Paul Hart back during the 2002/03 campaign.

The Clifton-born forward arrived on loan from Manchester City and his five goals in nine appearances helped the Reds into the play-offs.

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He struck up a tremendous relationship with Marlon Harewood and David Johnson on the pitch and was a joy to watch at the City Ground.

Billy Sharp is another player who enjoyed superb success at Forest during a loan spell.

He was signed by Sean O’Driscoll in 2012 and scored 10 goals in 39 appearances for the club.

When Billy Davies replaced O’Driscoll in 2013, Sharp fell down the pecking order and giving his scoring record since leaving Forest, that looks like a massive mistake.

The 34-year-old fired Sheffield United into the Premier League last season and was badly underused at Forest.

Completing the line-up is Dexter Blackstock who as his career progressed at Forest, started to divide opinion.

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There is no doubting the impact he had when he arrived on loan, however.

Davies took him in 2009 during his first spell in charge, with his goal against Bristol City practically kept Forest in the Championship.

He signed permanently that summer and enjoyed six years at Forest. A particular highlight was Blackstock’s link-up play with Robert Earnshaw during the Welshman’s time at the City Ground.

Honourable mentions: Nelson Oliveira, Lee Tomlin, Kris Boyd, Brett Ormerod, Robbie Blake, Ian Wright.


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