Four Nottingham Forest players axed as Warburton revolution picks up pace - report
By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest have terminated the loan contracts of four players as Mark Warburton’s overhaul of the squad picks up pace, according to a report.
The Nottingham Post claims that Patjim Kasami, Hildeberto Pereira, Nicolao Dumitru and Joao Texeira have all been returned to their parent clubs.
Kasami posted a farewell message on his Facebook account earlier this week in a hint that his time at the City Ground was over.
It is understood that goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic is also set to leave Forest in the summer after making just one appearance for the club in 2017.
The Post claims that both Pereira and Texeira, who didn’t make a single appearance for the club, have been returned to Benfica, despite Forest’s season not yet reaching a conclusion.
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Warburton’s men face Ipswich on Sunday and have to better the result of Blackburn in order to assure themselves of Championship survival.
Dumitru is expected to return to Napoli after scoring just once in 12 appearances for the East Midlands outfit and failing to take part in first-team matters since January.
None of the four loanees have had a significant impact on the Forest first-team this season, with all but Texeira being signed by former boss Philippe Montannier, who was sacked in January.
Pereira has perhaps had the biggest impact on the squad though, making 22 appearances and scoring two goals in his loan stint.
However he has failed to earn a minute of football since Warburton took charge in March.
Football Insider Verdict
This is proof of just how bad Nottingham Forest’s transfer activity last summer was. The fans will be hoping that new director of football Frank MacParland will be able to drastically improve on what the club achieved at the beginning of the campaign, but that could be impacted by what tier they will find themselves playing in come August. The prospect of relegation will be haunting Forest fans for the next 24 hours before their clash with Wigan, but the dismissal of any of these players won’t have any bearing on the outcome. It’s very unlikely that any of these players will ever return to the City Ground after wasting a season of their careers.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the club are set to battle local rivals Derby for this goalkeeper.