Nottingham Forest have been one of the most active teams in England in terms of transfers this summer.
The Reds have brought in no fewer than 12 first-team players this summer, and despite a flurry of activity, they’ve been one of the worst teams in the Championship.
The Midlands outfit have failed to pick up a single point so far this season, scoring just one goal and sacking Sabri Lamouchi after a torrid start.
Luckily, Forest wasted little time in getting a replacement in as Chris Hughton was appointed within minutes of Lamouchi’s departure being announced, and the former Brighton manager seems to have a job on his hands.
Fortunately, Hughton still has time to make some final signings, so we’re going to predict what Forest’s starting XI will look like after the domestic deadline.
The first thing to note is that we’ve backed Scott McKenna and Loic Mbe Soh to become Forest’s first-choice centre-back pairing ahead of Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueredo, but other than that it’s a similar backline to what you would expect.
The midfield sees a double pivot of Harry Arter and Jack Colback playing deeper, while on the wings there are big changes.
Anthony Knockaert looks likely to join Forest from Fulham and Hughton certainly knows how to get the best out of him with the Frenchman winning the Championship Player of the Year award under him back in 2017.
On the other wing, Kamil Grosicki joins from West Brom as Forest’s 14th signing of the window, meaning that there is no room for Joe Lolley in this XI. However, with Lolley being such a talented player that could all change.
Luke Freeman plays in the attacking midfield spot while Lewis Grabban beats Lyle Taylor to a starting berth up front.