Most Championship managers can only dream of being able to field two entirely different starting XIs on a weekly basis. England’s second tier is a 46-game slog, after all, and a couple of injuries or suspensions can strip a squad down to it’s bare bones in the blinking of an eye. Depth is key.
There is depth, and then there's a 15-strong batch of completely superfluous players, from Jason Cummings to Daryl Murphy, Michael Hefele to Zach Clough.
But what about Yohan Benalouane?
A towering Tunisian brought to Forest in January by Martin O’Neill, the 32-year-old is one of seven, yes seven, centre-backs currently jostling for a place at the City Ground.
But after missing the first few games of the season, it is difficult to see Benalouane getting back into the team ahead of Joe Worrall and Michael Dawson, captain and Man of the Match in Saturday’s draw at Leeds.
According to Ajansspor, Fenerbahce are interested in taking the former Leicester City flop off Forest’s hands. But supporters have been left divided by the prospect of Benalouane swapping the East Midlands for Istanbul. Which way will Lamouchi swing?
No no no no! Keep him,when fit should be in the team(just my opinion)— Paul Dowd (@dowdy59) August 14, 2019
Say Benalouane and Milosevic move on, and then Dawson and Figs get injured, then we are in trouble as that's four centre halves suddenly gone from seven...#nffc— Hannah Forest ⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) August 14, 2019
Anyone remember last season when we were down to the bear bones in defence, probably cost us many points with players players out of position, personally I’d keep as many possible, just in case that injury nightmare rears it’s ugly head again #NFFC— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) August 14, 2019
Sell if the money is right. Top heavy in this area.— Rocky (@123inger) August 14, 2019
He got nine cards in 14 games, he’s a walking liability - doesn’t matter how good he can be, we need to ship him out— Christian Brown (@Chris78901) August 14, 2019
I'd rather lose Benalouane and Hefele ideally but it doesn't always work like that— Chris S (@TheSlack22) August 13, 2019
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