“Another signing” you say? Reds fan and world class golfer Lee Westwood said on Twitter “we can only play eleven” but like it or not Forest have been busy this summer and the recent addition of Harry Arter confirmed yesterday is the clubs tenth major incoming of the window.
Arter produced a moment of class in a dire game for Fulham against Forest back in July at an empty City Ground, a moment (although there are many other moments like it) that resulted in the Reds failing to reach the Playoffs in last day, last ten minutes of the season drama.
That goal, a curling effort by Arter, from a player that produces ‘that kind of thing’ is something missing from the current Forest midfield, is something that is now added, that can give the club a spark, some rejuvenation, well it’s certainly needed right now.
Of all the captures over the summer, this for me is the one that stands out and says, “he’ll take us forward” because Harry Arter is ‘class’ and good enough not just to star in the Championship, but play in the Premier League too.
Cut from Non-League cloth, Arter made his way up the leagues with Bournemouth after being released by Charlton as a youngster before a successful spell at Woking where he was found by Eddie Howe. 250+ games later for the Cherries, Arter was a Premier League regular before injury halted his progress at the south coast club.
A season long loan move to Cardiff under Neil Warnock in the Premier League before a spell at Fulham last season, ending in Wembley triumph, has ended with him moving to Nottingham, to a club that desperately needs him, to a club that he’ll fit in perfectly at.
Not really a ‘creative’ midfielder but more of an ‘all rounder’ Arter is good on the ball, solid in the tackle, industrious and as the Reds found out last season, has a decent shot on him too. Think Ryan Yates with a little extra class, the vision of Jack Colback, the nastiness of Ben Watson, the creativity of Joe Lolley… I’m getting carried away aren’t I?
But I feel with this one, at a time, desperate with Forest towards the foot of the league, without a goal scored this season, without a win in nine, with Sabri Lamouchi under more and more pressure to improve his style (and results)… That this signing is one that can lift the morale of the club, but more importantly lift the tempo of the matches and lift the velocity of the workrate which will hopefully have the knock on effect for everybody else to do it too. Arter presses well from midfield, he scurries, irritates, works-hard, but when in possession he has that bit of quality to get things going which is something most needed from the area he occupies.
Arter should go straight into the team on Friday night to face Huddersfield Town, he should be joined by another ex-Fulham player in Cyrus Christie, a right back and another astute signing that will make the starting XI better.
The Reds now need to pick up pace, pick up confidence and pick up where they started last season under Sabri Lamouchi, rather than how they left it, and dig in with a new positive attitude that will get opposition in fear of what is turning out to be a very good, very well equipped Championship team.
It’s been a bad start, a terrible start in fact but let’s see where Forest end up from here, because with the addition of Harry Arter, it could just be the move that makes the difference. Well here’s hoping at least.
*Article provided by Daniel Peacock (Editor).
*Main image @NFFC Harry Arter becomes the Reds tenth signing of the summer window.