For the first time in several seasons, an obvious candidate to be the Nottingham Forest captain isn’t glaringly evident.

The Reds have typically had one or two players capable of leading a young group of players and it’s been little more than a foregone conclusion.

 

With Ben Watson departing, however, Sabri Lamouchi might need to pick another incumbent to wear the armband throughout the 2019/20 campaign on a regular basis.

Typically good sides will have more than one leader and that much might be true once again this season.

Ahead of the big Championship kick-off on Saturday, we looked at five players who could be contenders to lead the Reds into battle during 2020/21.

Lewis Grabban

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We start with the Forest talisman based on the fact that he wore the armband as the Reds slipped to defeat in the Carabao Cup on Saturday.

The 32-year-old fired 20 goals last season and is very much an experienced campaigner in the Forest dressing room.

Grabban wore the armband at Sheffield Wednesday last season too and is clearly rated highly by the Reds boss.

Some might have qualms over a striker being the captain and with Lyle Taylor now added to the ranks, Grabban might not find himself starting quite as much this season.

With that in mind, it would perhaps be a surprise if Grabban received the armband permanently.

Ryan Yates

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The outside bet considering plenty of supporters don’t think he’ll be a regular in Lamouchi’s team this season.

Yates does divide opinion but the one that counts is Lamouchi’s and he does seem to fancy the academy graduate as a midfield lynchpin.

The 22-year-old featured in every game after the restart as the Reds missed out on a play-off place last season.

The jury remains out on what he brings to the Forest team but in pre-season, he was pictured wearing the armband in friendly contests.

He’d be a long shot for sure but give how highly Lamouchi rates him, it perhaps shouldn’t be ruled out.

Joe Worrall

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A player who many think is tailor-made to the captaincy at some point during his career is the central defender.

The 23-year-old is vastly experienced for his age and needs just two appearances to bring up 100 in the Championship for Forest.

He showed at the back end of last season that he isn’t without imperfection but there is enough about Worrall to suggest he could become a top defender.

After some erratic displays late on during last season, it might be best if Worrall is simply left to concentrate on rediscovering his best form – without the added pressure of the armband.

The central defender was an ever-present member of the team last season and with that in mind, he wouldn’t exactly be a bad shout for captain this time around.

Michael Dawson

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Last season whenever the experienced defender played he wore the captain’s armband and that seems to make sense.

At 36, Dawson perhaps won’t be one of Lamouchi’s regular central defenders again this season and naming him as a permanent captain perhaps wouldn’t make a deal of sense.

The man with four England caps takes the role of ‘club captain’ on quite nicely but on the pitch, Lamouchi will surely look towards a more prominent member of the starting XI.

Dawson is a great player to have in and around the dressing room and when called upon he can still do a job for the team on the pitch.

Jack Colback

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It would be somewhat romantic if the fan favourite midfielder announced his arrival for the third time by taking on the role of captain too.

The 30-year-old checked in following his release from Newcastle in the summer and it seems he holds a special place in his heart for Forest.

Colback plays in the midfield engine room and having had Watson skipper from that area last season, it would be a more like-for-like situation for Lamouchi.

The maestro has played 55 times for Forest in total and having spent two previous spells at the club, he’d surely be a popular choice for captain among supporters.

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