5 Players Nottingham Forest Could Lose as Free Transfers This Summer

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General view of the City Ground, home to Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 7th March 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As football has been brought to a halt for what seems likely to be a while; Last Word on Football has taken a look at the Nottingham Forest players who could leave on a free transfer this summer.

5 Players Nottingham Forest Could Lose as Free Transfers This Summer

Contracts Expiring

Nottingham Forest transfers have certainly been a talking point over the last few years.

Some, like Samba Sow and Ben Watson, have been a success; others, meanwhile, have struggled to make a good impression in front of the vocal Geribaldi support.

This season has been a peculiar one for Forest fans as they had not expected to be one of the forerunners at the top of the Championship.

However, under Sabri Lamouchi’s guidance, Forest have, bar a few matches, held a position within the automatic promotion and play-off positions.

The Reds have flirted among automatic promotion contenders Leeds United and West Brom, but a poor spell prior to Boxing Day saw them pick up just one win in seven.

Lamouchi’s side currently find themselves in fifth place but, with Covid-19 bringing a suspension to football, we have taken a look at the players whose contracts are set to expire this summer.

Sammy Ameobi

The 27-year-old left-winger joined at the start of the season and has been a regular fixture within the Forest squad.

He has been involved in all but one of the Red’s fixtures in the Championship this term; however, he has only partaken in 22% of Forest’s league goals.

His versatility in the attack has proven useful in allowing Lamouchi to dispatch him as a forward or right-winger when options have been short, but he has been most useful as a right-sided attacker.

Yohan Benalouane

The 33-year-old joined under Martin O’Neill, as the Northern Irishman’s first signing as Forest boss, in January 2019.

Signing back then on an 18-month contract, the Tunisian joined from Leicester City.

He made 14 appearances towards the back-end of the previous campaign; however, he has barely been considered an option since Lamouchi’s arrival in June – making just one appearance this season.

Michael Dawson

Dawson re-joined the Reds in May 2018 and started as a regular fixture alongside Joe Worrall in defence.

The former Hull City midfielder has made just 15 appearances for Forest this season, mostly down to a series of injury problems.

More recently, however, he has been more prominent on the bench. He has not featured since a 1-1 draw with Reading in January.

Ben Watson

Alongside Samba Sow in midfield, 34-year-old Watson has been a well-oiled cog in Sabri Lamouchi’s machine.

The Forest midfielder has previously jested that he was expecting the call to say he was departing at the start of the season; he has, however, remained a key part within the squad.

Watson has featured in each of the Reds’ Championship fixtures this year. He also ended a three-year-long goal drought by scoring against Barnsley last September.

Virgil Gomis

The 20-year-old has not been anywhere near the first-team set-up for a number of years.

Three years within the Forest youth set-up preceded loan moves to Braintree Town, Notts County and, earlier this season, Macclesfield Town.

It’s fair to say he has barely given Lamouchi any food for thought though; scoring just one senior goal across the three loan spells before being recalled in January.

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