Three Nottingham Forest summer signings that need to step up

Nottingham Forest's Vladimir Stojkovic

With the club in dire straits at present, the Reds need everyone firing on all cylinders - including some of their indifferent summer signings.

Birmingham’s Che Adams in action with Nottingham Forest’s Mustapha CarayolBirmingham’s Che Adams in action with Nottingham Forest’s Mustapha Carayol

With the club deep in a relegation battle, Nottingham Forest fans could be forgiven for hoping that some of their failed summer signings don't feature again for the Reds this season.

However, with a new manager in Mark Warburton, it's fairly likely we'll see some of those players again, as everyone will get a fair chance. Here are three summer signings Forest made that need to improve their game.

Vladimir Stojkovic

In reality, it's highly unlikely that Stojkovic will play for Forest again this season, given Jordan Smith's form in-between the sticks. However, if Smith were to be unavailable for whatever reason, then Stojkovic would have to show improvements from some of the performances fans have seen of him this season. At times, Stojkovic can look like a top goalkeeper, acrobatically preventing the ball from hitting the back of the net. Then, three minutes later, he can look like a man who's never held a pair of goalkeeping gloves before, and there isn't really much in-between. Some fans will be hoping he never plays or Forest again, but if he does, he seriously needs to improve.

Nottingham Forest's Thomas Lam in action with Aston Villa's Jonathan KodjiaNottingham Forest's Thomas Lam in action with Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia

Thomas Lam

Firstly, the Championship's equivalent of David Luiz circa 2012 Lam needs to decide what his position is - is he a defensive midfielder, or is he a centre back? Lam is capable of playing in both, but his inconsistencies in both roles have infuriated Forest fans on many an occasion. It's easy to see their frustration, as Lam has plenty of ability, but a reckless nature undermines that. There is still hope for the 23-year-old however, but in order for the Finland international to succeed at The City Ground, those inconsistencies and rushes of blood to the head need to be ironed out.

Mustapha Carayol

Until very recently, it seemed as if Carayol didn't have a future at Forest, less than a season after signing for the club. However, a new manager means a new slate for the players, and with Mark Warburton's arrival, you sense he'd be willing to give an experienced Championship winger like Carayol a chance. If he gets that though, he will need to be prepared to roll up his proverbial sleeves and battle, as from what fans have seen so far, Carayol's not someone you want beside you in the trenches. Carayol has ability there, but he needs to show what he's made of. 

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