Nottingham Forest’s transfer strategy emerges amid attitudes towards future loanees

Championship club Nottingham Forest would prefer not to use too many loan players in the future and recruit young players who they can sell on for lucrative sums of money in the future, according to The Guardian.

The Reds have recruited a total of six players in the 2021/22 season, with five proving successful and one in Jordi Osei-Tutu not quite working for Steve Cooper as the Arsenal man is once again struggling with injury problems.

Despite Osei-Tutu’s misfortune, they have hit the jackpot with others, with Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence being a particularly good addition since arriving from the Riverside Stadium last year.

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Not only has Spence proved an integral part of the East Midlands side – but James Garner, who was one of the first names on the team sheet under Cooper and Philip Zinckernagel, also played a big part.

Keinan Davis and Max Lowe also made good impressions, although their spells on the City Ground were hampered by various injury setbacks. Overall, however, exploiting the loan market has seen them thrive and is arguably a key reason why they are just 90 minutes of football away from the Premier League.

However, Forest is keen to rely less on the use of loanees going forward, which Cooper has spoken about previously, with just one loanee joining Forest in January and four players joining permanently, including Sam Surridge, who was a game-changer at the final stages of the campaign with Davis and Lewis Grabban both previously absent.

Instead, they want to sign younger players within a “tight” salary budget, potentially selling them for more in the future.

The judgment:

Given the need to comply with financial fair play restrictions no matter what division they’re in, that would be a sensible model and you could certainly back someone like Dane Murphy to make it work without making Forest less competitive.

Following this strategy can also help them if they get promoted and end up falling back to the second tier – because while parachute payments help, not having to rely on them would be ideal.

They already have a few assets that could be resold for a decent amount of money in the future including Brennan Johnson, Joe Worrall, Ryan Yates and Surridge, with Loic Mbe-Soh being another player who is a potential contender should he get more playing time can get under his belt.

Blackburn Rovers have shown for much of the 2021/22 season that you can succeed with young players, although some older minds like Steve Cook should be recruited to also offer balance, experience and leadership.

If they can find that balance, thrive on the pitch and remain financially sustainable, you’d be backing Forest in the top flight sooner rather than later, regardless of what happens later in the afternoon.

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