The transfer window opens, and at the same time over in a reasonably small city on the M1, excitement and optimism are brewing over the reinvention of two time European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest, under an experienced, ruthless Aitor Karanka.
In order to contest for promotion this year, Forest needed serious improvement in 4 positions. Another centre-back to partner Tobias Figueirdo because, although Danny Fox was like a man possessed towards the end of the season, he simply doesn’t have the quality to challenge for a Premier League spot. Secondly, a replacement for Tendai Darikwa is needed who, yet again, found his form around March but is nowhere near at the level required for a revival under Karanka. Moving further up the pitch, a new striker is, in my opinion, the position in need of the most urgent attention as Brereton has not yet matured into the game, and Murphy has never got going. Let this sink in, between early March and mid April we went 6 games without a goal and it was the longest goal drought Forest had ever had. They need a natural finisher who is experienced in the championship and can be assured upon to put away some the copious amounts of chances supplied by the likes of Lolley, Tomlin, and Colback. Finally, yet probably least importantly, a replacement for Mustafa Carayol. Although criticised by many, Carayol was an effective option for Forest, and a new fast, strong winger that is brought on late in the game could well give us the edge.
1 position has been covered when Michael Dawson rejoined The Reds on a 2 year contract. Fantastic news. In terms of a striker/ forward, Forest are said to be eyeing Peterborough star Jack Marriot which would be a great addition to the squad. More outlandishly, a return for Oliver Burke would be the dream of many fans at the City ground. However, Karanka’s most recent targets: Joao Carvalho (right) and Diogo Gonçalves would be unnecessary transfers and the idea of them joining us should not be encouraged. Starting with Carvalho, the Benfica MIDFIELDER. Seriously, another midfielder, when we are already so rich with talent in that area why waste money on another player who has only featured for a senior team 23 times in his career. What we need is players who are experienced and astute in the championship, we don’t want to have to waste time and money for players to settle in. His teammate, Diogo Gonçalves the striker has yet again, played just 11 games for Benfica and has not yet scored.