This summer could be a crucial one for Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka as he attempts to shape a promotion-winning side.
The former Middlesbrough boss took charge at the City Ground in January, and even though he had a transfer window to work with, this will be the first time that he can hunt make big changes to his team.
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Forest fell short last season as they ended up finishing 22 points adrift of the top six and 12 above the relegated trio of Barnsley, Burton Albion and Sunderland.
Karanka will have plenty of work to do in order to take Forest to the next level, and it seems that they may have to find a replacement for Ben Osborn.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is keen on the 23-year-old midfielder, who is incredibly versatile on the pitch.
Osborn can play anywhere across the middle of the park, and can also feature as a left-back when required.
The Derby-born player has not always had the best relationship with Forest fans, and some have posted criticism of him on social media following reports that he could be heading towards the exit door.
Others, though, have shown Osborn support.
Why do a fair amount of our fans take pleasure in slagging off the players of our club ? Lichaj and Osborn are two guys who give their all and actually care. Lets not be morons towards them, just say thanks for your efforts guys. #nffc
— Craig (@Craig74Davies) June 11, 2018
The reasons for not getting rid of Osborn and Lichaj are exactly the same. Give 100 percent, always work hard etc. No one has ever said what technical ability they bring to the team. Both average championship players. #nffc
— Andrew Cairns (@AndrewNewts) June 11, 2018
So #NFFC timeline is in fantasy land and think we should get rid of Lichaj and Ben Osborn. ? last 2 years POS and both give 100%
— SeCu ✌️? ??????? (@se_cu) June 11, 2018
Would be sad to lose the likes of Osborn and Lichaj – feel it is a risk. Arguably most consistent players over last few seasons. #nffc
— BMcA (@BennyMacNFFC) June 11, 2018
Let’s clear the Ben Osborn thing up once and for all. He’s competent in 3 or 4 different positions. Football is about money. To a chairman, he doesn’t have to fill 3-4 different positions due to injury because he has BO. It’s simple. He’s valuable to the club financially #NFFC
— @crackwhore1981 2.0 (@crackfootytips) June 10, 2018
Don’t know why all this hate is being aimed at Osborn and Lichaj, both quality players and great servants to the club. Hopefully both will be here next season but whatever happens I have faith in Karanka to make the right decisions. #NFFC
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes1) June 10, 2018
— matt (@matt0675) June 10, 2018
Presumably if Newcastle want Osborn, they might consider Colback in part exchange. I don’t think that would be a good deal. #nffc
— Hannah Forest ?⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) June 10, 2018
If Colback isn’t coming then time for Osborn to step up and prove his worth in midfield, show he’s as good as some claim he is #NFFC
— Gary (@RedDogGary) June 9, 2018