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Dias and Janko will struggle under Martin O’Neill

Dias and Janko will struggle under Martin O’Neill

Nottingham Forest suffered defeat at the hands of Reading in their last outing, which signalled the end of Aitor Karanka’s reign at the City Ground.

Forest currently sit in ninth position in the Championship and are just four points off the play-off places, so they’re still in with a shout of securing a place in the top-six and possibly even promotion this season.

So, with Martin O’Neill seemingly set to be appointed as Karanka’s successor, this could mean that a couple of the club’s current first-team players face uncertain futures with the change in management.

Therefore, these TWO Nottingham Forest players will be in for a hard time under O’Neill …

GIL DIAS

Aitor Karanka secured the services of Gil Dias in the form of a loan deal back in the summer transfer window, but he has struggled to ensure consistency and hasn’t been able to provide enough quality in the current campaign.

Martin O’Neill’s potential arrival would only make life more difficult for the Portuguese youngster, as the likes of Joao Carvalho, Matty Cash, Ben Osborn and Joe Lolley are all currently ahead of him in the pecking order, plus the Northern Irishman may look to bring in attacking additions of his own.

SAIDY JANKO

Saidy Janko made a name for himself towards the start of the season at the City Ground, with his attacking runs often causing the opposition all kinds of problems.

But, he has become a spectator in recent times as he continue to live life on the substitutes’ bench.

O’Neill has been known to set his full-backs up to operate in a defensive manner for large parts of his managerial career, rather than to make them a big part of his side’s play in the final third, so Janko may be seen as a risky option in the eyes of the Irishman as a big part of his game is attack-based.

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