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Nottingham Forest must loan out Ryan Yates again this season

The young midfielder has shone on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Nash



Nottingham Forest today announced the exciting news that Ryan Yates has agreed a new contract with the club. The 20-year-old has signed a new three-year deal at the club, suggesting Nottingham Forest do see a first-team future for the player at the club.

But, after handing him his new deal, Nottingham Forest should now let him go back out on loan again.

The fact is, Yates will not become an immediate first-team regular at Forest considering the competition for places in his position.

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But he is now at a stage where sitting in the stands or playing with the development team is beyond him.

He was on loan at Notts County and Scunthorpe United in League Two and League One respectively last season. During his spell with the two sides Yates managed to play 47 times, scoring eight and assisting four goals in a brilliant season in central midfield.

If Forest want him to continue growing then they have to let him head out on a similar loan spell next season.

A perfect option would be a team like Burton Albion. Local and recently relegated to League One, Yates would be in good hands at the Pirelli Stadium.

Wherever he does end up, Yates should not spend next season wasting away in the Forest fold.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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  1. MichaelH

    July 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    We have zero cover for Bridcutt and Watson now Vaughan has been made a free agent and moved across the river to Notts County, so it doesn’t make sense to loan him out again. I think he should be slowly integrated into the team by coming on for the last 20 minutes or so on a Saturday and getting a full game in midweek when Bridcutt or Watson get a slight knock or just to keep them fit – they’re not exactly spring chickens anymore and one or the other would benefit from being rested

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Four ins and outs Nottingham Forest could complete this week

Nottingham Forest have been extremely active already during the summer transfer window.



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Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are clearly not in the mood for messing about during the summer transfer window and boss Aitor Karanka has added nine new recruits to his squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

It was a miserable season for those of a Forest persuasion last season and their Spanish boss knows that he must turn the club into promotion contenders this time around now that he has been backed in the transfer market with a plethora of big-money signings.

Given that there are still a couple of weak areas in the Forest squad it seems unlikely that the club have finished spending this summer and some more new signings could be just around the corner.

With the new signings now settling into the first-team squad some of last season’s players will now be deemed surplus to requirements and it seems highly likely that boss Karanka will also try and offload some of the deadwood in the coming weeks too.

With just under three weeks until the new season commences Forest could be in for a busy few weeks and here we take a look at five deals that could take place at the City Ground this week…

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Sign Sam Byram

The arrival of the former Leeds United right-back looks like one that Forest are very keen to complete, according to an article in last week’s Nottingham Post.

Byram would represent a quality signing for Forest given his pedigree of playing Premier League and Championship football and he would provide seriously decent competition for Tendayi Darikwa.

The 24-year-old is likely to check-in at the City Ground on a season-long loan in the first instance but if he can assist Forest in their quest to reach the Premier League then a permanent deal could also be on the cards in the future.

Pounce on Lee Tomlin

News that will surely alert Aitor Karanka has emerged this week, courtesy of the Mirror (16/07/2018 23:09), that Cardiff City have deemed Lee Tomlin as an unwanted squad member and he is free to leave the Bluebirds this summer.

Tomlin was instrumental in Forest’s good end of season form during a loan spell in the second half of the last campaign and it now remains to be seen whether or not the Reds’ boss will make a move to sign the 29-year-old.

Given that a large quantity of attacking talent has already been signed this summer, it is something of a conundrum trying to figure out where Tomlin would fit into a new-look Forest side, but there is no doubting whatsoever that Karanka is a big admirer of Tomlin as a footballer.

Ryan Yates to Rotherham United

The young central midfielder has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season training schedule but it does still seem increasingly likely that the Yates will go out on loan this summer.

Having played for Notts County in League Two and Scunthorpe United in League One last season, Forest are hopeful of securing a Championship move for Yates this time around and, according to the Yorkshire Post, Rotherham has been earmarked as a potential destination for the Reds’ academy prospect.

Lots of Forest supporters would relish the chance to see Yates strutting his stuff in the first-team at the City Ground but for now it seems that the Forest boss thinks that his development is best served elsewhere.

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Loan signing of Jack Colback

The Newcastle United midfielder was a sensational loan signing by Aitor Karanka for the second half of last season and he could be set to rejoin Forest on loan for the 2018/19 campaign, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

The 28-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by Magpies’ boss Rafael Benitez but with Colback earning in the region of £40,000 per-week, the Reds may have to settle for taking Colback on loan rather than signing him on a permanent basis.

Forest are currently a little bit light on the ground in the middle of the park and the signing of Colback would enhance the club’s promotion aspirations for sure.

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“First of many” – Some Nottingham Forest fans react to Gil Dias’ wonder goal

The Portuguese youngster has signed for Forest on a season-long loan.



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Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has been extremely busy reshaping his squad during this summer and a series of high profile signings have given the Reds’ long-suffering supporters optimism ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

The Championship outfit have signed no fewer than nine players so far during the off season and it seems likely that Karanka will add more signings to his squad of players before the big August kick-off.

One man who has joined the Reds this summer is Gil Dias who has signed on a season-long loan from French giants Monaco and the 21-year-old has arrived with a big reputation and a glowing reference from agent Jorge Mendes.

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Dias is one of several new signings who has been hoping to impress his new boss during a pre-season tour of Marbella and his wonder strike in a 3-0 win over Malaga this morning has firmly excited the Forest faithful.

After picking the ball up close to the half-way line, Dias danced past several defenders before calmly finishing under the advancing goalkeeper to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

Given the nature of his first goal for the club some Forest fans were absolutely buzzing on Twitter, whilst Dias himself spoke of his delight at notching for the first time in the famous red.

Here we looked at some of the best tweets in reaction to Dias’ sensational goal…

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Jack Colback speculation puts Nottingham Forest one step closer to loan trio returning

The midfielder looks set for a return to the City Ground this season.

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Jack Colback
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Earlier this summer, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka spoke about his willingness to re-sign Forest’s best loan players at the City Ground.

Costel Pantilimon, Jack Colback, and Lee Tomlin were all identified as prime transfer targets, as each had impressed at Forest last season.

Pantilimon signed a permanent deal this summer, and both Colback and Tomlin have been linked with returning.

These positive transfer developments boost Nottingham Forest’s promotion hopes, granting Premier League quality to the side while retaining the services of players who have a history of success at the club.

Reports on Friday from Sky Sports claimed Newcastle and Nottingham Forest were negotiating a loan agreement for Jack Colback, an impressive development that will add steel and top-flight quality in the midfield.

Colback joined Forest in January and was a mainstay in Karanka’s midfield during the second half of the season, oozing class and supplying grit in the centre of the park.

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The acquisition of Colback, in addition to Pantilimon and possibly Tomlin, would be a great sign for Forest supporters.

The club has shown impressive ambition this summer with targeting of Portuguese talents, and combined with Premier League experienced players such as Colback and Pantilimon, Forest look primed to challenge for the top six.

Rafa Benitez seems content to let Colback go after purchasing centre-midfield reinforcements such as Ki Sung-Yueng from Swansea.

The Spaniard’s profligacy looks to be Forest’s gain as Colback’s years of experience with Sunderland and Newcastle have earned him a reputation as a fiery operator who can take matches by the scruff of the neck.

Undoubtedly an asset at the City Ground, retaining the services of Colback for a full season will represent a sizeable boost to the club.

The rumoured signing of Jack Colback adds to the ambitious mood around Forest, as the Championship club continues to approach the transfer window with ambition and purpose ahead of a promotion push.

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