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One of Nottingham Forest’s outcasts could still have a role to play this season after failing to secure a move from the club on deadline day last week.
Zach Clough was tipped to follow suit, but nothing substantial came to fruition, meaning he remains a Forest player until January at the very least.
He was recently seen playing for the club’s Under-23 side, and he even got on the scoresheet as they beat Ipswich Under-23s 3-1.
Of those three players that left for League One, two were strikers – Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings – which leaves the Forest boss rather light up top.
Lewis Grabban is the first choice, having featured in every minute of their six Championship matches and scored four goals, per WhoScored – while Wolves loanee Rafa Mir appears to be his back up, though fans aren’t too impressed with him.
So there is still a chance for Clough to step up and fight for his place.
Clough’s breakthrough year at Bolton came in the Championship in 2014/15, where he scored six goals in just 10 games before injury ruined his season.
He’s just in need of a little bit of faith to boost his confidence; the fact he’s scored in an Under-23 game is nothing special, but it is a sign that he could be capable if called upon in the near future.
He will have to grab his chance with both hands, but there is still the potential for Clough to play a significant role as part of the squad this season.