The latest news concerning Nottingham Forest highlights the success of their summer transfer window dealings under the leadership of Steve Cooper. The midfield area was identified as a key focus for improvement, as the team struggled in this department during the previous season, often being overwhelmed in the central part of the pitch.
Ibrahim Sangare was brought in to address this issue, and although it took some time for the club’s record signing to adapt to the Premier League, he has recently demonstrated his capabilities. He is not limited to a defensive role and can also contribute in a more advanced position, making him a valuable asset.
The acquisition of Sangare was a crucial move for Forest, and it proved to be a significant success. However, equally vital for the recent positive developments in Steve Cooper’s squad has been Nicolas Dominguez. Despite making only three appearances thus far, he has already shown great promise.
Dominguez’s arrival may not have generated as much excitement as some of Forest’s other signings on the deadline day, but he has the potential to become one of the most important additions. The trio of Dominguez, Sangare, and Orel Mangala has the potential to form a formidable midfield partnership, especially considering Mangala’s return to form.
Dominguez made a strong debut against Manchester City, a challenging opponent to stand out against. His tenacity and technical skills were evident, along with exceptional work rate as demonstrated by a touchmap shared on social media during the Crystal Palace match. His impactful header against Brentford also showcased his ability.
Steve Cooper has depth in midfield when all players are fit, with Ryan Yates, Andrey Santos, Cheikhou Kouyate, and the return of Danilo as options. However, the £6.9 million paid to Bologna for Dominguez, which included Remo Freuler going the other way initially on loan, appears to be a bargain. Many of the club’s summer signings have impressed, and Dominguez is certainly one of the standout performers.