With Euro 2020 now consigned to the record books, everyone’s attention can turn back towards club football. Forest fans will hope their team can end over 20 years of hurt outside the Premier League.
The Reds will start this campaign with the same manager as they finished 2020/21. Chris Hughton remains the man tasked with reviving Forest’s fortunes and leading them back to the promised land.
After a dreadful season last time around, we think there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful for Forest fans ahead of the new campaign commencing.
Young talents to emerge at Forest
This could be the season when Forest finally remove the shackles from a string of supremely talented youngsters.
Last season, Jordan Gabriel, Brennan Johnson and Tyrese Fornah all enjoyed successful loan spells in League One.
Interestingly, all three could now be propelled into the first-team spotlight next season, with Hughton keen to run the rule over them during pre-season.
Johnson has been attracting interest from the Premier League, although it is expected that Forest will stand firm this summer.
There are other youngsters who could be a part of Hughton’s squad too and the future looks extremely bright on Trentside.
Forest finished seventh during 2019/20 yet ahead of the following campaign the club went and added another 16 players to their squad.
That proved to be a costly mistake, with many of the recruits loan signings who simply didn’t work out for the club.
Others, like Miguel Angel Guerrero, arrived and were then sold after a handful of appearances for the club.
With emerging talents coming through the ranks, the club will aim to utilise that aspect of the club instead.
As a result, supporters can expect quality over quantity when it comes to recruitment during the summer window.
Fans are back
Admit it, you’ve missed it haven’t you? Although last season was pretty drab, we’d have all given anything to see the mist rolling in from the Trent on a matchday.
Next season that becomes a reality again and all being well, supporters will once again descend on the City Ground.
It’s a fair argument that Forest perhaps have a lot of players who might just perform better with supporters cheering them on.
It will be emotional to a lot of people when the Reds can first get back in the City Ground and we can’t wait to be cheering the team on once again.
Joe Lolley could be fully fit
Let’s be honest, we never really saw a fully fit Forest winger last season, with Lolley constantly fighting a shin problem.
It might be a blessing in disguise that Lolley missed the final stages of the campaign after tearing his hamstring against Reading.
That has allowed him to completely recover and should hand him the chance to get back up to full match fitness for 2021/22.
Good players don’t become bad ones overnight and hopefully, we’ll see the best of Lolley again next season.
See also Lewis Grabban
Plenty wrote off the Forest talisman last season and six goals wasn’t a great return for the Reds striker.
With the likes of Johnson returned and Alex Mighten expected to kick on, however, chances could be created more freely.
That will only benefit Grabban and if Forest can keep him fit, he could still do a job for the team during 2021/22.
The 33-year-old could benefit from some support in attack but he shouldn’t be completely disregarded just yet.