An ambitious promoter. This is how we could qualify Nottingham Forest, back in the elite of English football after 23 years of absence on the other side of the Channel. But it is not just any club in Her Majesty’s Kingdom, since we are still talking about a double winner of the Champions League (1979, 1980). After having waited so long, the team based in the center of England intends to stay in the Premier League. The management knows that this necessarily went through an important transfer window. The least we can say is that Forest have put their hands in their pockets since the opening of the transfer market this summer, with already nearly €95m spent.
An already very expensive transfer window
If the transfer window of 118 M€ allocated by the owner, Evangelos Marinakis, is a precious help, the modest sum of 190 M€ touched for having won the play-offs of the antechamber of English football last year there is also a lot. The Tricky Trees have so far released the checkbook for Taiwo Awoniyi (€20.5m), Neco Williams (€20m), Orel Mangala (€13m), Moussa Niakhate (€10m), Giulian Biancone (€10m €), Omar Richards (€8.5m), Lewis O’Brien (€5.9m), Harry Taffolo (€5.9m) and Brandon Aguilera (€950,000, on loan to Alajuelense until the end of season). Not to mention the free arrivals of Jesse Lingard and Wayne Hennessey, and the loan of Dean Henderson by Manchester United. That is no less than 12 arrivals.
Looking at these movements in detail, the transfer window of Nottingham Forest is interesting and coherent, with two good goalkeepers (one confirmed already knowing the PL and another very experienced), defensive reinforcements in all positions, a renowned midfielder in D2 for densify the midfield, a creator (which this team especially lacked) and a scorer who had a good season in the Bundesliga but must confirm that he can win in PL. “Internally, it’s not a surprise, it’s something we were ready for (the many changes, editor’s note). It’s not always a simple process to bring in players as we learn as we go. But we are all calm inside, we are very happy with what we have done so far”recently welcomed the coach of Forest.
It will still move in Nottingham, who missed his return to the Premier League
Who says many arrivals, however, says adaptation time, the workforce of Steve Cooper having undergone many transformations. The Welsh technician knows that the task will be difficult and that it is not enough to stack the players to achieve great things. It is not the inaugural defeat of his team, in Newcastle (0-1), which will make him say the opposite. Especially since his men disappointed at St James’ Park (5 shots, 0 on target, 38% possession). What confirms a little more the idea that the transfer window of Nottingham Forest is far from over.
Defensively, the promoted suffered the refusal of Alex Moreno (Betis) but is now in the footsteps of Pervis Estupiñán (Villarreal) to strengthen his left lane a little more, so theEvening Standard speaks of an interest in Emerson Palmieri, who has returned to Chelsea after his loan spell at Lyon. To console itself for the failure of Idrissa Gueye (PSG), Forest also hopes to attract Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) to bring a confirmed and experienced element in the Premier League in the middle, as we revealed to you on Sunday.
But that’s not all. The track leading to 30-year-old Swiss Remo Freuler (Atalanta) is also mentioned in Italy. The one leading to the English international Espoirs James Garner (Manchester United) is also talking across the Channel. To support Jesse Lingard, the Reds are also thinking of Houssem Aouar (OL), as revealed on Foot Mercato. But the competition will be fierce for the Red and Whites on the French international file. At the forefront, Cody Gakpo does not leave the Reds indifferent either. One thing is certain, summer still promises to be hectic on the City Ground side. The supporters pray for them, so that the mayonnaise takes so as not to return to vegetate in the Championship.