With the dust still settling after Nottingham Forest unjustly lost 1-0 to Swansea City, it is evident that the Reds will need to look at both full back areas in the summer.

Connor Roberts’ 87th minute winner came via a Jake Bidwell cross down the right hand side, but the manner in which the cross was dealt with was very alarming.

Many fans believed that Cyrus Christie should’ve tried to close the cross down, but Yuri Riberio – who found himself in the centre back position somehow – didn’t even jump to contest Roberts.

The collective lapse of concentration will hurt Forest, but once again questions over the long term future for those positions have emerged.

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SWANSEA, WALES – FEBRUARY 17: Cyrus Christie of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

On the right hand side, it’ll be interesting to see what Forest do in the summer.

Christie’s loan from Fulham expires at the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether Forest try and make that a permanent.

If they don’t, they still have Carl Jenkinson who will have a year left on his contract, but hasn’t managed to play regular football during his spell at the club.

The Reds will also have Jordan Gabriel and Jayden Richardson, both of whom are on loan at Blackpool and Forest Green Rovers respectively.

 

Whether any of those have shown enough to convince Hughton they’re worth bringing into the first team remains to be seen, but it’s certainly going to be an area that Forest need to look at.

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SWANSEA, WALES – FEBRUARY 17: Connor Roberts of Swansea City battles for the ball with Yuri Ribeiro of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Meanwhile on the left side, Ribeiro is supposedly out of contract in the summer, while Gaetan Bong will have a year left, but will be 33 in the summer.

Forest also have Danny Preston from the academy, but he is also out of contract and it has been reported by Daniel Taylor that he may also leave due to a lack of clear pathway to the first team.

While Forest have Nicholas Ioannou out on loan, it is unlikely he will return, but the Reds could be in a position where they have one left back on the books and he’ll be 33.

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Yuri Ribeiro of (5) Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 16th January 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Despite his error against Swansea, it would be worth Forest keeping hold of Ribeiro as he was one of the better left backs in the league last year.

However, Forest also need better than Ribeiro and likewise onto the right side, they will need better than Christie as well.

Following in the footsteps of Matty Cash was never going to be easy, but while Christie has largely been solid, the Reds will need better if they are to progress.

It is set to be yet another busy window for Forest, but full backs has to be an area they prioritise.

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