Nottingham Forest will play Premier League football next season for the first time in 23 years.

The Reds defeated Huddersfield 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday to end over two decades outside of the top division.

Now, the hard work begins for Forest. They will have a bounty of cash to spend but ultimately it’s about using their new wealth right.

With Steve Cooper at the helm, he will be trusted to get things right on the recruitment front and it could be an exciting summer.

Although the Reds have only been a Premier League club for two days, the speculation has started already.

As a result, we’ve had an early look at how the Reds team might look on the first day of 2022/23.

The Forest rearguard

Cooper has spoken fondly of his defence and there’s unlikely to be wholesale changes.

Brice Samba was the Forest hero in the play-off semi-final and he should get a chance to star in the Premier League.

Forest potential XI
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At the back, Joe Rodon and Jamaal Lascelles have already been linked with moves to the City Ground.

We think Rodon looks most likely and he might replace Steve Cook who will act as backup.

Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna will almost certainly keep their places next season.

In the Forest engine room and wing-backs

Joe Rothwell looks set to sign for Forest on a free transfer and he looks ideal.

Interestingly, he could be a backup option if Forest can land James Garner from Manchester United for the third time.

For now, there’s no guarantee that Garner will be back so Rothwell starts.

Ryan Yates bleeds red and white and right now there is no indication that he’ll lose his place in the team.

At wing-back, it’s already been claimed that Cooper wants Max Lowe and Djed Spence back at the club.

If they’re signed expect them to play.

Leading the Forest line

Here we could see a big-money Forest signing.

The Reds would like Philip Zinckernagel back but that’s uncertain just yet.

Morgan Gibbs-White has played under Cooper before and he could be available for around £20 million.

He could operate alongside Brennan Johnson as one of Forest’s two number 10 options.

Forest potential XI
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Leading the line, Forest would dearly love to sign Keinan Davis.

He was brilliant on loan from Aston Villa and he will stay behind Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings in the pecking order.

If Forest can seal a permanent deal it could prove a very useful signing indeed.

Here is an early glance at how the Forest team could look next season:

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