It’s time to look back at Nottingham Forest’s season so far and dish out a rating to every player to have featured during 2020/21.
The current campaign has been a pretty drab affair from the club’s perspective.
With eight games left to play the Reds are still looking over their shoulder in terms of the drop zone.
The international break allows everyone to take stock and get ready for a big run in, with Forest hoping to keep their second tier status intact.
As it would create chaos with the ratings, we won’t rate any young prospect who has made fleeting appearances, instead acknowledging their contribution.
With plenty of players to rate, marks are given based on their own expectations and achievements this season, rather than a comparison to other players in their position.
Brice Samba – 7
An interesting season for the Congolese stopper who has recently come into some form.
Earlier in the campaign, the Reds custodian suffered a dip in form and errors crippled his progress.
He was at fault for Reading’s goal in a 1-1 draw recently but has largely rescued his form of late.
Jordan Smith – 6
Has provided some professional competition for Samba during the campaign.
His two outings came at Swansea in the FA Cup in which Forest were beaten 5-1 and in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich City.
Hughton has sung his praises but how long he remains at the City Ground remains to be seen.
Cyrus Christie – 7
Had this been done two months ago, Christie’s score would have been considerably lower.
Another player who clearly seems to have benefited from being able to play himself into form.
Was given the unenviable task of replacing Matty Cash, which in truth he’s never looked like doing.
Recently he has looked assured at both ends of the pitch though and has gone some way towards silencing his critics.
Carl Jenkinson – 4
Has been forced into a watching brief once again this season, failing to make the bench in recent weeks.
Was pretty ordinary during the FA Cup defeat to Swansea and has managed just three Championship outings.
Tobias Figueiredo – 5
A pretty ordinary season for the Portuguese defender who has picked up of late.
Sadly, too many errors rob him of any consistency and with a fully fit quota he probably isn’t first choice.
Joe Worrall – 8
Struggled with injuries during the season but has showcased exactly why Premier League clubs will circle in the summer.
Has captained the side on 14 occasions during 2020/21 and plenty of supporters hope he wears the armband permanently next season.
Scott McKenna – 8
Another player who seen injuries rob him of any consistency but when called upon he’s look a quality signing.
The ex-Aberdeen man is comfortably the standout of the summer signings and the hope will be that he can stay fit now.
Loic Mbe Soh – N/A
As mentioned at the start, players like the youngster Mbe Soh won’t be rated.
In the seven games he has played he’s looked pretty steady and some have wanted him to feature more.
At 19 though his time will come and Forest will hope to see more of the former FIFA Golden Boy nominee next season.
Tyler Blackett – 4
Blackett’s versatility has been a useful attribute but he would have liked more appearances.
He’s played just 11 times this season and has missed a lot of football with a hip injury.
Gaetan Bong – 3
Has really struggled when called upon and Forest must try and target a better option than the 32-year-old.
Bryan Mbuemo and Ismaila Sarr both gave him the runaround recently and Forest need better at left-back.
Yuri Ribeiro – 6
Was superb last season but like plenty of other players has struggled to replicate such form during 2020/21.
Is out of contract during the summer and it’ll be interesting to see whether the club looks to extend his stay.
At 24, he does have potential but there is a feeling that Ribeiro might seek a move during the off-season.
Cafu – 8
Considering he was rarely seen for the first two months when he arrived on Trentside, the midfielder will be delighted with his progress.
He has played 23 games under Chris Hughton and has really won the supporters over.
Cafu is busy, gets stuck in and also tries to get Forest going forward whenever he possibly can.
A very shrewd addition for the Reds.
James Garner – 9
The on-loan Manchester United man must be delighted with how his season has gone.
After falling out of favour at Watford he has come into Forest during the second half of the season and taken the club by storm.
He is a firm fan favourite and the club should be doing everything they can to tie him down for next season.
Ryan Yates – 5
Has been good in some games and bad in others.
Yates is still learning his trade but having now played 73 times for the club, he perhaps could be further along the road.
Cafu and James Garner should be providing the 23-year-old with the inspiration he needs to kick on.
Jack Colback – 3
We said the ratings would be based on players and their expectations and Colback won’t have enjoyed the current season.
After spending a year on the sidelines he struggled to get going back at Forest.
After picking up an injury in December he missed 12 games and that has set him back.
Since a brief cameo at Wycombe in February, Colback hasn’t kicked a ball and that will concern the 31-year-old.
Harry Arter – 1
Will surely go down as one of Forest’s worst signings in quite some time taking everything into consideration.
Won promotion last season with Fulham and he’d have fancied coming to Forest and making an impact.
The ex-Bournemouth man was badly off the pace during his 13 appearances and was actually linked with a move away from the City Ground during January.
Samba Sow – 5
Has played really well when called upon but it’s the same old fitness concerns that are robbing Sow of a run in the team.
Another player who is out of contract in the summer and it looks impossible for him to earn an extension from here.
Fouad Bachirou – N/A
Would be unfair to give him a rating considering he’s made three appearances for the club.
Has been injured for the majority of time he’s been at the City Ground and is another who could depart in the summer.
Filip Krovinovic – 7
Probably would have liked more goals and assists to his tally but he did grab his first goal for the club at Brentford.
One thing the 25-year-old has done is added a balance to how Forest play and as a result, it would be no surprise to see the Reds try and sign him in the summer.
Anthony Knockaert – 7
Hard to give the Frenchman any higher just based on his goal and assist haul.
But for some woeful finishing he would have more assists but the statistics say he has just three to his name during 2020/21.
Knockaert has worked hard during his time at the club, however, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Hughton returns to sign him again in the summer.
Joe Lolley – 4
By his own high standards, a very poor campaign for the Forest winger.
Hasn’t really been able to shake off the shin injury suffered last season and is now out with a hamstring problem.
Hopefully a prolonged period of rest can see him return fit and firing next season.
Sammy Ameobi – 4
Another player who hasn’t been anywhere near as impressive this season as he was last.
Ameobi has managed three goals and perhaps more alarmingly just one assists from 32 games this season.
Another who is out of contract in the summer – and another who faces a real battle to receive another one.
Luke Freeman – 2
Was viewed as a stellar loan recruit from Sheffield United but has been found wanting.
He missed several weeks with an injury problem and but for a wonder strike against Bristol City, hasn’t really done anything of note.
Alex Mighten – 7
We said we wouldn’t rate the younger players but Mighten has warranted one.
It’s only a 7 on the basis that he hasn’t played more and to many supporters that has been an aberration on Hughton’s part.
He scored in games against Millwall and Blackburn and will hopefully get more game time between now and the season’s end.
Lewis Grabban – 3
A poor season by his own very high standards, with just three goals coming from 21 appearances.
He has picked up several niggling injuries and subsequently has looked out of sorts when he has played.
Lyle Taylor – 4
As a player with bags of confidence he won’t be happy with how the current campaign has transpired.
He is Forest’s top scorer with four goals this season and he did grab a goal in the 1-1 home draw with Derby County.
Will hope for a few more chances between now and May.
Glenn Murray – 4
Has looked okay since checking in on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Murray scored twice in the game against Wycombe and perhaps should have a few more to his name.
At 37 he was only ever going to be a temporary fix and a striker might be targeted in the summer.
Will Swan – N/A
Made a couple of cameo appearances earlier in the season after Grabban picked up an injury.
Is now out on loan at Port Vale and could go out on loan again next season.
The youngster has scored bags of goals for the under-23 ranks but he may have to wait patiently for another Forest chance.