A rarely-seen Nottingham Forest trio all made appearances last night as Andy Reid’s under-23 outfit drew 0-0 with Coventry City.
The Reds have enjoyed a decent campaign at under-23 level and the team are buying into Reid’s ideas.
This draw at Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena keeps Forest three points clear of Sheffield United in second place in the Professional Development League.
During the goalless draw, there were some minutes for a trio of first-team outcasts.
Abdoulaye Diallo played for the first time in goal since his arrival on a free signing during the summer.
Many fans have been left bewildered by his absence during the campaign, with Brice Samba and Jordan Smith ahead of him in the pecking order.
Tyler Blackett was another who continued his recovery from injury, starting the game at centre-back.
The 26-year-old has made six appearances for the Reds this season but hasn’t found himself able to force his way into Chris Hughton’s plans.
Another first-team player who got another outing was Fouad Bachirou.
Hughton did suggest that he’d let him leave during the January transfer window.
Injuries in midfield led to him being called upon, however. The Comoros midfielder played in the FA Cup against Swansea and in the league against Barnsley.
Do the trio have Forest futures?
It has to be said that all three could leave in the summer.
Diallo is out of contract and having not made a squad all season, his chances of staying look bleak.
Bachirou hasn’t managed to get into squads recently, despite an injury crisis in midfield and Hughton clearly doesn’t fancy him.
Blackett will have another year on his contract and is able to play left-back and centre-back.
It does seem, however, that Forest will look to move him along if another club comes in for his services.
Forest worked tirelessly during the winter transfer window to trim the squad.
The likes of Tendayi Darikwa, Zach Clough and Miguel Angel Guerrero departing certainly helped matters.
There is still work to be done, however, and Hughton will know that.
As a result, the City Ground future for Bachirou, Diallo and Blackett looks extremely bleak.