the most recent information on Nottingham Forest as Steve Cooper’s Reds consider a spectacular summer transfer window
We are on a path to reestablish Nottingham Forest as a dominant force in English football, according to our clear and uncompromising vision for the club.
Evangelos Marinakis, the team’s owner, made a very important point in his open letter to Reds fans last week. He mapped out the route that the club should take.
That was supported by Forest’s transfer business as well. The signings were declarations of intent for the future as well as for what might be attainable this season.
Building on Steve Cooper’s team’s promising start, this season has the potential to be fascinating. Thoughts of optimism ought to go further than that.
During the summer window, thirteen players entered the City Ground. They are all younger than 30. Eight of them are under 25. Four of them are under 21. The typical age is about 24.
There is a lot of untapped potential. Add in players like Danilo, Morgan Gibbs-White, and Brandon Aguilera, and you have the foundation of a very strong bunch that may still be in their prime. Andrey Santos, a Chelsea loanee, will return to Stamford Bridge at the conclusion of this season, but a core group of players with space for improvement remains, as does the head coach, who is well-versed in dealing with that situation.
Andrew Omobamidele joined the club on deadline day, and chief football officer Ross Wilson called him “one of the most exciting young defenders in the country at this time.”
With a fellow 21-year-old named Murillo, Manchester City, PSG, Napoli, and Fiorentina were all mentioned. Tim Vickery, a South American football expert, warned the defender and his Brazilian countryman Lucas Beraldo, who was connected with Wolverhampton Wanderers, that it might take them some time to adjust to English football’s top division before they signed a contract with the Reds.
Vickery told Premier League Brazil that Murillo suddenly provides a safer bet despite his brief experience in the starting lineup. “He knows how to impose himself, defends well, has an exit and a long throw diagonally, and is interesting on set pieces.”
It is obviously very difficult to predict a player’s performance at a new club with any degree of precision. Even more difficult is predicting how someone unfamiliar with the league or English football will perform. It would be incorrect to put pressure on some of those guys to perform quickly. Some people may require “time and patience” to adapt, Marinakis said.
As the Reds attempted to avoid the drop, there was a clear emphasis on experience in the recruitment process back in January. While it was thought Gustavo Scarpa was at the top of his game, Danilo was one for the future. However, players like Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Ayew, and Chris Wood were all regarded as adding some expertise to the ranks.
The club’s winter business wasn’t entirely successful. There are never any assurances, therefore it may also be the case this summer. However, it is evident from the implication that Forest is planning for the future as they attempt to advance to the next stage.