James Garner has joined Nottingham Forest from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal. The hope is that he can push the team towards a better league position than last season.
The 20-year-old was magnificent for Forest last season. He scored four goals in 20 appearances and was largely impressive in the middle of the park for the Reds.
After a deadline day splurge on new players, Chris Hughton is now well-stocked ahead of domestic football resuming.
Following Garner’s arrival and new bodies now joining, we looked at how Forest can line up to start picking up more points.
Brice Samba will remain in goal. He has the trust of Hughton and Ethan Horvath will need to remain patient.
The defence has caused problems, particularly at full-back. Jordi Osei-Tuti could play at left-back, with on-loan defender Djed Spence signed to play at right-back.
Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall pick themselves at the heart of the defence.
Lewis Grabban is included in the attack. His reputation for scoring regular goals in the Championship should place him ahead of Lyle Taylor.
Garner could find himself with a new partner in midfield, whilst some changes could be made in the final third.
Options for Forest with strength in depth
Hughton has come under fire for his stubbornness when it comes to his system. He favours 4-2-3-1 and typically doesn’t wander too far away from it.
This season he has suggested that he doesn’t have the players to mix up the style, but that shouldn’t be the case now.
With the new signings, he now has the flexibility to operate with three at the back and utilise two wing-backs.
There is also enough to suggest that 4-3-3 could work for the Reds.
Here, we take a look at a left-field option that Hughton has to consider to try and bamboozle opponents in the future.