Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton strengthened his squad during the summer. Now, Tyrese Fornah is one player who has every right to feel annoyed with his manager.
The midfield ranks were significantly bolstered during the transfer window. James Garner has joined from Manchester United, whilst Braian Ojeda has signed from Olimpia on a four-year deal. Ryan Yates, Cafu and Jack Colback make up the other options.
Fornah was on the cusp of a first-team start. He did get the nod to play against Bradford in the cup and bossed the game from midfield.
The next game saw Hughton call upon Yates and Colback, however. That midfielder pairing looks one consigned to the history books thankfully, although Fornah is no closer to a Forest spot.
He came off the bench for five minutes in the 2-1 defeat against Blackburn, but more recently he wasn’t even on the bench as Forest drew 1-1 with fierce rivals Derby County.
Last season, Fornah went on loan to Plymouth. He took to men’s football with aplomb, playing 44 games in Ryan Lowe’s team and he was expected to make an impact on Trentside during 2021/22.
Should Fornah be annoyed at Forest boss Hughton?
The midfielder has spoken about his desire to win a place in the Forest team. As an ambitious player, he backed himself during pre-season to win a place in the Reds team for the current campaign.
Now, not only is he unlikely to play, but it seems as though he won’t even be in the matchday squad. Last night he played for 90 minutes as the under-23s won 4-1 against Blackburn.
Forest will face more competitive fixtures in their under-23 campaign this season. Being part of the Premier League 2 will ensure that, but that might not be enough for Fornah.
He showcased his worth in League One and at 20 he will want to be playing regular football. As a result, it does seem bizarre that Forest didn’t seek another loan for Fornah if the club was hellbent on bolstering the midfield.
It would suggest that Hughton has made his mind up to largely trust experience, with the likes of Garner and Ojeda thrown in for some youthful exuberance.
That doesn’t bode well for Fornah and as a talented player, he has every right to feel a little bit miffed with his manager.