Amid the uncertainty surrounding Jack Colback’s future, Pele is another loan star that Nottingham Forest may have seen the last of.

The hope is that future deals are going to be explored.

Martin O’Neill has admitted to planning discussions with loanees that he would like to have back.

Be that on more short-terms agreements or possible permanent deals.

The Reds boss has said in the Nottingham Post of his summer plans: “I intend to speak to all of the squad, that is absolutely my intention. I want to see where we all stand for next season.

“Both when it comes to the players who are under contract, the players who are out of contract and, of course, the players who are here on loan.

“I have a fairly decent idea in my mind of what we want to do, yes.”


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Questions will undoubtedly be asked of Newcastle when it comes to Colback.

A leading contender to claim the Reds’ Player of the Year award would be welcomed back for a third spell on Trentside with open arms.

A second for Sam Byram would be a positive and is another who should be expecting talks with O’Neill.

What of Pele?

Has he done enough to be brought back?

Would Monaco be open to another move for a man they acquired for €10 million in the summer of 2018?

The 27-year-old has offered enough during a brief stint at the City Ground to suggest that he would be a shrewd addition.

He has adapted quickly to the demands of life in English football following a January arrival.

Having been eased into the fold, he has displayed a useful blend of graft and guile.

There is, however, every chance that he will not grace the famous Garibaldi again.



Having sat out the 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers with a thigh complaint, Pele is not expected to feature in a final day showdown with whatever side Bolton cobble together.

O’Neill has said of the Guinea-Bissau international: “He was not involved [at Loftus Road]. He had picked up a bit of an injury and he was not involved because of that.

“I would say that you have probably seen the last of him.”

The Reds boss meant this season, but should we be reading between the lines?

Is Pele destined to head back to France and never be seen again?

Would he be a big miss or can Forest find better value elsewhere?

As with Colback, Byram, Molla Wague and the rest of the loan army, future questions cannot be answered in the present.