Djed Spence has been a revelation for Nottingham Forest but his time at the City Ground is coming to an end.

The Reds defender will return to Middlesbrough in the summer and they’re commanding £20 million from interested parties.

Forest would dearly love to sign him again. Those hopes look impossible though and naturally, contingency plans will need drawing up.

Spence has registered five assists during 2021/22 and recently scored a Goal of the Season contender against QPR.

Ahead of his loan move coming to an end, we’ve taken a look at two players that the Reds must consider for the 2022/23 campaign.

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Dujon Sterling

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The Chelsea owned player is currently on loan at Blackpool where he’s producing some quality performances.

It’s going to take a certain sort of full-back to replace Spence and Sterling ticks lots of boxes.

The 22-year-old gets forward well and ultimately he’s a player that would slot seamlessly into Steve Cooper’s system.

Sterling is unlikely to have a future with Chelsea given that Thomas Tuchel has a star-studded squad to choose from.

The player can also operate as a left-back or a centre-back and that level of versatility would be welcomed.

Cody Drameh

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Forest may want to try and sign their own right-back in the summer but if a loan is a way to go, Drameh could be ideal.

Leeds are unlikely to be willing to let the 20-year-old leave permanently but it seems hard to believe he will be a Premier League regular next season.

Drameh could, therefore, head out on loan again and Forest had lined him up to replace Spence if he was recalled in January.

Instead, he went to Cardiff and there he’s helped the Bluebirds pull clear of relegation troubles and into a safe position.

The future is bright for Drameh and he’d be a good option for Forest in the summer.

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