Chris Hughton has confirmed that a number of Nottingham Forest’s long-term players will be leaving the City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that the likes of Yuri Ribeiro, Michael Dawson, Sammy Ameobi, Samba Sow and Glenn Murray have been informed that they will not be kept on following the expiry of their contracts at Forest.
The report also claims that Gaetan Bong, Carl Jenkinson, Harry Arter and Fouad Bachirou have been told to find new clubs this summer, while Cyrus Christie, Anthony Knockaert, Luke Freeman, James Garner and Filip Krovinovic will return to their parent clubs following their loan spells in Nottingham.
While it is undeniable that Forest’s bloated squad needed trimming in the upcoming transfer window, just how cut-throat Hughton appears to be with his current players does come as a surprise.
Indeed, left-back Ribeiro had become something of a fan favourite since his arrival at the club back in the summer of 2019, with a number of the City Ground faithful venting their frustrations at Hughton’s decision to axe the 24-year-old defender.
Meanwhile, central midfielder Sow had also been an important part of the Forest team after joining from Dynamo Moscow two years ago, with fans stating their beliefs at various points throughout his time at the club that the 32-year-old is a crucial part of their midfield.
Ameobi, too, flourished under former coach Sabri Lamouchi, with the winger scoring five goals and registering nine assists over his 45 Championship appearances in the club’s 2019/20 campaign – in which they narrowly missed out on a top-six finish.
Finally, although a bit-part player for a number of years now, waving goodbye to Nottingham Forest academy product Dawson is sure to break a few Forest fans’ hearts this summer.
So, while in the long run the vast majority of these departures could well benefit the club, there will undoubtedly be a number of fans gutted to see some of their favourites leaving the City Ground for the last time in the coming months, as well as hopes that the Reds do not come to regret releasing some of the players with plenty still to give.