Nottingham Forest are looking over their shoulders at the drop zone and need another win or two quickly.

The Reds are seven points clear of Rotherham in the final relegation place but the Millers have four games in hand.

Of course, they have to keep winning but Forest will want to continue pulling clearer of the drop zone.

There are some players in Chris Hughton’s squad who perhaps haven’t featured as much as they would have liked during 2020/21.

There could be varying reasons for that but some might be in line for more game time once survival is secured.

We looked at three players who should be handed more minutes once the club’s Championship status is confirmed more definitively.

Loic Mbe Soh

The youngster was an eye-catching addition during the summer but he’s largely played a watching brief.

A former FIFA Golden Boy nominee, the 19-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Reds, scoring once.

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Hughton hasn’t really been accustomed to chopping and changing his back four.

He has largely placed his faith in Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Tovias Figueiredo, with the Frenchman acting as backup.

The boss has spoken highly of him, however, and his time will surely come.


Hughton might have taken the decision to trust his tried and tested options given the nature of Forest’s season.

As a potential future star, however, we could see Mbe Soh starting more games once our Championship status is assured.

Alex Mighten

It’s a reasonable suggestion that the England under-19 international has been vastly underused this season.

With Joe Lolley, Sammy Ameobi and Luke Freeman all struggling for consistency this season, the decision not to play the teenager more has looked criminal at times.

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Mighten has scored twice for the Reds during 2020/21 and there is plenty more to come from the young talent.

Next season we should expect to see the academy talent a bit more.

After a strong showing against Brentford last time out, Hughton might look to unleash him a bit more between now and the end of this season.

Lyle Taylor

Hughton doesn’t seem to fancy the Forest striker just now for whatever reason.

All of the club’s strikers have struggled during the current campaign and Taylor is now third in the pecking order.

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The 30-year-old will be at the City Ground next season and Hughton might as well give him a go in the coming weeks.

With Lewis Grabban struggling for goals and Glenn Murray possibly only at the club for another eight games, Taylor deserves a shot.

His work rate is relatively good and one goal could spark the talisman back into life.

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