Nottingham Forest haven’t had much to shout about this season, with the club yet to secure their Championship status with eight games to go.

The Reds will hope to do enough between now and May to ensure they avoid relegation.

After that, planning will take place for next season and new additions will be sought.

Ahead of next season we’ve taken a look at what Chris Hughton’s team could look like.

This is just a bit of fun and we feel it’s a team which would add some energy and revive the fortunes of the team.

In goal and back four

Although some competition may be sought, we believe Brice Samba will remain as the club’s number one goalkeeper.

At right-back, Jordan Gabriel looks like a good bet to get the nod. He has performed well at Blackpool and deserves his shot at the City Ground.

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On the other side, there are some discussions to be had. Yuri Ribeiro has bags of potential and Forest should work to get him tied down to a contract extension.

Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna is a partnership that should excel in the Championship.

The pair hasn’t had much time to blossom this season and supporters will hope to see the duo more frequently next season.

Midfield

Forest’s priority this summer must be a conversation with Manchester United over the future of James Garner.

He has starred during his loan spell and supporters would love to see him back once again.

If United can get him a Premier League move, Forest’s chances look slim. If not, the door could swing open for a second stint in Nottingham.

Alongside him there is probably a place up for grabs.

 

Cafu has looked good this season and also works well in tandem with Garner.

Not too many supporters would be overly disappointed if that was the double pivot in midfield next season.

In attack

Joe Lolley will hopefully return from his hamstring injury like the player supporters have grown to know and love.

He is far more effective on the right allowing him to cut inside and unleash his left-foot.

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Alex Mighten will also have a bigger part to play next season but he may have to remain a backup option to begin with.

On the right, Forest should welcome back Brennan Johnson after his Lincoln City heroics.

In the No.10 role, could there be a situation where Joao Carvalho earns a reprieve?

He’s earned some positive comments during his loan at Almeria but a lack of goal contributions might stop them making his deal permanent.

Hughton has bemoaned a lack of creativity at times this season and he’d surely welcome someone of Carvalho’s ilk in his ranks.

Up front, expect Forest to enter the transfer market.

Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor haven’t really made an impact this season and a younger striker could be targeted.

Luke Jephcott could be available for around £3.5 million and the 18-goal striker could be ideal to spearhead the attack next season.

Here is how the 2021/22 team might look:

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