Three ways Nottingham Forest could line up with dream transfer window

Elliot Anderson became Nottingham Forest's third signing of the summer
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By the time the transfer window closes on August 30, Nottingham Forest will hope they have put together a squad capable of pushing on in the Premier League.

The Reds showed glimpses of what they are capable of under Nuno Espirito Santo last term. Building on those foundations and the core of a good group already in place is the key.

A solid start to the summer has been made. Nuno will want to ensure the remaining weeks of the window leave him with strength in depth in all areas and a balanced dressing room.

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There is plenty of work still to be done for that to be the case. But as the transfer activity steps up, NottinghamshireLive takes a look at three different ways Forest could line up in the 2024/25 campaign.

Miguel starts, Murillo stays

It remains to be seen who Nuno views as his first-choice between the posts. Matz Sels will want to hang on to the No 1 spot but Carlos Miguel will not have made the move from Corinthians with thoughts of simply sitting on the bench.

Whoever takes the goalkeeper spot in the XI, it remains to be seen whether they will still have Murillo ahead of them come the end of August. The Brazilian has a long list of admirers and has admitted his future is uncertain.

In an ideal world, the Reds hang on to him and he gets another year of developing Trentside. Of course, if - and it is a big if - another club comes in with a lot of money, that could prove tough to turn down.

The same can be said for fellow prized assets Morgan Gibbs-White, Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The indications are Forest are not considering selling and the trio are happy at the City Ground. As long as that remains the case, ensuring those three are firing would provide a very positive platform for the Reds going forward.

Forest (4-2-3-1): Miguel; Williams, Boly, Murillo, Aina; Yates, Danilo; Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Wood.

Anderson starts, changes in defence

Elliot Anderson became the Reds’ third addition of the summer when he penned a five-year deal from Newcastle United at the start of this month. The 21-year-old is highly rated and has the potential to become a key player in the Garibaldi.

His versatility makes him a particularly useful asset for Nuno. Anderson can play as a No 10, a No 8 and out wide.

Getting past Gibbs-White as a regular starter in the No 10 position is a tough ask, but Anderson can still offer valuable back-up. If Nuno sees the former Magpie’s best position as being in midfield, finding the right balance in that area of the pitch will be crucial - something the Forest boss found a challenge last term.

Meanwhile, whatever happens regarding Murillo’s future it is imperative the Reds strengthen at centre-back. They are already pretty light there, assuming Joe Worrall and Jonathan Panzo move on. Lyon’s Jake O’Brien and Red Bull Salzburg’s Strahinja Pavlovic have both been linked.

Forest (4-3-3): Sels; Williams, O’Brien, Pavlovic, Aina; Gibbs-White, Sangare, Anderson; Elanga, Awoniyi, Hudson-Odoi.

Three at the back

Fielding a four-man defence was generally Nuno’s go-to last term, but being flexible with formations is important. Both Neco Williams and Ola Aina have proved capable of operating as wing-backs, giving the Reds the option of utilising three at the back when desired.

A change in shape can sometimes mean a change in role for someone such as Gibbs-White. As with several members of the squad, though, he has the versatility to adapt.

Getting the best out of Ibrahim Sangare will be key for Nuno this coming season. Likewise, he could do with a fit and firing Taiwo Awoniyi. The latter will certainly be hoping his injury problems are behind him and he can rack up the goals in 2024/25.

Forest (3-4-3): Sels; Omobamidele, Boly, Murillo; Williams, Gibbs-White, Sangare, Aina; Elanga, Awoniyi, Hudson-Odoi.

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