Nottingham Forest could face a pivotal transfer window when it reopens at the start of January
The club are languishing towards the bottom of the Championship and need some results before they get the chance to sign anyone else.
With Chris Hughton getting his feet under the table, he will be getting to know plenty about his squad.
The midfield engine room is an area that needs some serious renovation – although some big decisions need to be made with the current crop.
Forest are unlikely to sanction the signing of another midfielder, without at least one going in the other direction.
With that in mind, the Reds might have to be brutal when it comes to Samba Sow.
The Malian warrior has proved a decent acquisition for Forest, costing just £640,000 from Dinamo Moscow.
It sounds harsh but he just hasn’t been fit enough for the Reds to warrant extending his contract beyond the summer.
Forest’s squad is bloated and if a suitor on the continent can be sourced in January, cashing in might be ideal.
Hughton will have surely recognised during his first couple of months in charge that a natural number eight is required.
Harry Arter and Cafu have been tasked with breaking the midfield lines recently but it doesn’t come naturally to them.
Defensively Jack Colback has only arrived at the club and Ryan Yates is seen as a player who will only get better as he plays more first-team football.
Is Sow indispensable?
Some would argue that he is integral to Forest. Quite simply, he hasn’t been available often enough during his time at the club.
If he’s fit and playing, he’s arguably the best midfielder at the football club.
That situation doesn’t pop above the parapet often enough though and Sow’s wages could be used elsewhere.
At present Sow is nursing another injury after playing in the two wins over Coventry and Wycombe.
The 31-year-old was a key player during Forest’s good run under Sabri Lamouchi at the start of 2019/20.
Last season he played in 25 games and finished with a pass success ratio of 81.4%, making nearly four tackles in each game (Who Scored).
A poor run of form coincided with Sow picking up a knee injury last term and he has proved an important player.
If Hughton wants to strengthen his squad in January he will have to make some tough decision.
One of those could be unpopular as far as Sow is concerned and if the chance to offload him arises, it’s one Forest should look at.