A Nottingham Forest under-23 outfit slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Barrow this afternoon. Dimitri Sea’s late goal was enough to hand the League Two outfit victory.
The team selected featured some household names and perhaps offered a clue as to Chris Hughton’s thought process.
Harry Arter and Fouad Bachirou both started for the Reds. It seems as though the duo are training away from the first team, having been told to find new clubs.
The experienced midfielders were used infrequently last season, with neither player being called upon during the majority of the second half of the campaign.
Elsewhere some other interesting names featured for the Reds.
Reece Wylie was linked with a move to Chelsea in March 2020. The Blues wanted the Aldershot man in a six-figure deal, although nothing came to fruition.
It would seem as though he’s on trial with the Reds and he lined up as Andy Reid’s team faced League Two opposition.
Jayden Richardson, Jordan Smith, Tyrese Fornah Will Swan and Baba Fernandes have all featured a lot during the first team’s pre-season campaign.
The quintet all got another chance to shine and perhaps more crucially, get some minutes under their belt.
Did today’s Forest team offer any clues ahead of the new season?
It’s fair to say that it might have done. With Richardson, Smith, Fornah, Swan and Fernandes all featuring, it would seem as though they won’t be involved in Wednesday’s friendly at Aston Villa.
Those five players could be placed up for a loan during 2021/22. Richardson, Fornah and Swan all went on temporary stints away from Forest last season.
Fernandes could be an exception. He is a youngster who could benefit from playing regularly during Forest’s Premier League 2 campaign.
For the other four though, Hughton could have made his mind up. It does seem strange that they’ve featured today and not on Wednesday when Forest face Premier League opposition.
At 26, Smith should really be commanding regular football, whilst the other three will need games to continue their development.
For Fornah, Swan and Richardson further loan moves could beckon before the new campaign gets underway.