Nottingham Forest had a lot of hope pinned to right-back Sam Byram when he joined on loan from West Ham in the summer.
The 25-year-old had a great spell in the past in the Championship with Leeds and manager Aitor Karanka was hoping that he could reproduce that form.
Unfortunately, a major knee injury and surgery will see him miss a large chunk of his season.
Tendayi Darikwa initially stepped up to replace Byram, but in the last month, Karanka has preferred Swiss under-21 international Saidy Janko. The 22-year-old is on loan from Portugal champions Porto, for the season.
Unless The Reds can negotiate a permanent deal for Byram or Janko- which has been discussed- they will be leaving The City Ground in the summer, with Aitor Karanka needing to find replacements.
The Spaniard should look no further than his academy prospect Adam Crookes. The 20-year-old is currently out on loan at League Two side Lincoln City, and is the only member of the academy squad that has been sent out.
The club clearly want him to gain as much first team experience and exposure as possible, and believe that playing at under-23 level may not suffice. This may be due to the fact that they are preparing for next season, and feel that the 20-year-old is the next man to slot into the right-back role for The Reds.
This is the danger of recruiting too many loans; the players cannot sustain the success that they created. The key is that Forest have the personnel to replace them, and Crookes is that man.
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