According to the Nottingham Post, Michael Mancienne is amongst the four Forest players who have been told they can leave the club this summer.
Michael Mancienne, Jamie Ward, Armand Traore and Jason Cummings have all been told that they’re not part of Forest boss Aitor Karanka’s plans for the upcoming season and may be sold by the club during this transfer window.
Forest have spent heavily this summer on some exciting signings as the club commits itself to being a genuine promotion contender in the upcoming campaign. The arrivals of Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho, Hillel Soudani, Tobias Figueiredo and Costel Pantilimon, amongst others, have all made headlines already this summer.
The need to sell on some squad members to recoup some funds makes sense and is necessary, letting Mancienne go this summer though would be a mistake.
Forest’s squad currently contains 5 recognised centre-backs, including Mancienne and new arrivals Lam, Figueiredo, and the veteran, Michael Dawson. That’s a good number of central defenders for the club to have to make sure they’re well stocked for the gruelling Championship season ahead.
Seeing as the Reds’ back line includes so many new arrivals too, keeping around a figure such as Mancienne, who has captained the club and is ingrained in its culture, can give the new recruits time and help in settling in.
From a footballing perspective, the 30-year-old still has plenty to offer at this level as well. By keeping Mancienne, Karanka can consider his centre-back options all set and switch his attentions to other areas of the squad that need work.
Letting Mancienne go risks upsetting the balance of his rearguard and creating too much upheaval all at once in his squad, which could even derail their promotion push early on.