By Francis Moore
There are currently six players at Forest with their contracts set to run out in the summer, but who will extend their City Ground stay, and who will be a free agent in the summer?
Here is my breakdown of all six players and whether they should put pen to paper, or start packing their bags.
On his day, Sammy Ameobi can be one of the best wingers in the Championship, but his inconsistency often leaves more to be desired from the tricky winger. With that being said, Ameobi he is still one of Forest’s best wingers, and his towering 6ft4 frame, combined with his dribbling ability, is a nightmare for opposing defenders. Ameobi has been one of the better signings Forest has made over the past couple of years, and despite his issues of inconsistent performances, he is more than deserving of a new contract.
Constantly linked with a move away to Olympiacos, Ribeiro has impressed the Forest faithful with many bright performances on the left hand side, since his arrival from Benfica in July 2019. His form has taken a turn in recent weeks, with his worst ever performance for Forest coming in the 2-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough. Still, Ribeiro is the best left-back at the club and it would be a waste for Forest to let him go for free. Sign him up!
Samba Sow is one of those players who won’t steal the headlines, but he is integral to the way Forest play and its one of the best ball winners in the Championship. Despite his talent, at 31, Sow isn’t getting any younger but he is still the best defensive midfielder Forest have. Give him another year and start finding a younger replacement.
I won’t waste any time with this one. Abdoulaye Diallo was signed on a free last summer, he hasn’t made an appearance for Forest and is third choice behind Brice Samba and Jordan Smith. He could be a good keeper, but I don’t think we will ever get chance to see it, move him on.
Michael Hefele seemed like a good signing at the time, arriving from Premier League side Huddersfield Town for some much needed defensive reinforcements. Two-and-a-half years since his arrival, Hefele has only made 15 appearances for Nottingham Forest, with his last coming on New Years Day 2019. It hasn’t worked out for Hefele on the banks of the River Trent, he will be searching for a new club in the summer.
Forest legend Michael Dawson is currently in his second stint at The City Ground, having made 28 appearances since his arrival from Hull in 2018. The 37-year-old hardly features for Forest and is yet to make an appearance this season. Dawson is a natural leader and no doubt has an influence in the dressing room, but his age and lack of appearances means his contract probably won’t be extended past this summer, this could very well be Dawson’s last season as a professional footballer.