Nottingham Forest aren’t completely out of the woods regarding relegation, but Chris Hughton will have half an eye on the summer transfer activity.

With just eight games left, Forest are seven points clear of the drop zone and are edging closer to the point where they are mathematically safe.

At that point, focus will then turn to the summer and what Hughton can do with his rather bloated squad.

Departures will be inevitable, but here are three players we believe Hughton should seek to offload in particular…

Michael Hefele Chris Hughton
DERBY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Michael Hefele of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Michael Hefele

The most straight forward one out of the three, you suspect Hefele will be the first person out the exit door this summer.

The former Huddersfield Town centre back hasn’t played for the club since New Year’s Day 2019 and his contract is up in a few months.

As such, it makes no sense whatsoever to keep him, while Hughton and club officials will look forward to spending the money on his wages elsewhere.

It also gives Hefele a chance to kickstart his career, so a departure is best for all parties concerned.

Harry Arter Chris Hughton Nottingham Forest
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND OCTOBER 17: Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton congratulates Harry Arter after after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park on October 17, 2020 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Harry Arter

One of the most clamoured for signings in the summer, Arter has been an overwhelming disappointment and it’s difficult to see how he features moving forwards.

In Arter’s defence, he has endured an injury plagued season – but when he has played, he’s not exactly set the world alight.

 

In terms of pecking order, there are several players ahead of Arter and with Tyrese Fornah and Marcus McGuane returning too, there doesn’t seem much point keeping him.

On paper, Arter was a good signing – Premier League experienced, dependable, had won promotion before…but sadly, it’s just not worked out.

Carl Jenkinson Chris Hughton
Carl Jenkinson of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Carl Jenkinson

Much like Arter, Jenkinson has also been unlucky at Forest after signing from Arsenal back in 2019.

No-one foresaw Matty Cash going on to become the best right back the club has had for many years and not giving Jenkinson an inch, while Cyrus Christie has been preferred this year.

The England international hasn’t really shone when he’s had opportunities to play either and his hopes of regular football don’t seem possible with Forest.

With Jordan Gabriel set to return as well, it’s difficult to see how Jenkinson gets a run in the side.

Tie that in with the fact Jenkinson has a year left on his deal and it makes sense for him to find a new club.

Would you get rid of these three Nottingham Forest players if you were Chris Hughton?

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