The anticipated signing of Cypriot International and former Manchester United youngster Nicholas Ioannou has now been completed with Nottingham Forest capturing yet another new player as Coach Sabri Lamouchi and his staff build on a squad that is now well over 30 deep.
Is this the final transfer of the summer for the Reds? We anticipate it should be, results dependent however there could be more to come. The next biggest issue for Nottingham Forest Football Club is where all these players new and old will fit in?
Ioannou is a highly rated solid defender who can play left back or centre half who has Champions League and International experience. A good signing and one that will improve the squad.
Forest now have made twelve major signings since the prolonged 2019/20 season ended two months ago, such huge changes to the squad will undoubtedly take time to gel.
Liam Bridcutt, Luke Steele, Ben Watson, Tyler Walker, Matty Cash and Costel Pantillimon have all been moved on… Incomings include Jack Colback, Tyler Blackett, Lyle Taylor, Fouad Bachirou, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Loic Mbe Soh, Abdoulaye Diallo, Harry Arter, Scott McKenna, Ioannou all on permanent deals whilst Luke Freeman and Cyrus Christie come in on loan.
Who does what and where is what is next for Sabri to decide, the fans will find their own favourites whilst some will fail, others will prosper. A busy summers activity which might or might not be over. Nottingham Forest have certainly not sat on their laurels.
Whilst the first team picture could become clearer as the Premier League transfer window soon closes, the likes of Joe Worrall could still be moved on for financial reward. As too could Joao Carvalho, Bruno Ribeiro, Tiago Silva… All linked with Olimpiakos… Why wouldn’t they be?
Who knows what will happen from here or how Forest’s season will go. When signing so many it can either be one thing or the other, but one thing is for sure, the pedigree of the incoming signings in general are very good. Some are Premier League ready, others are Internationally proven, some know how to get around the Championship whilst others are a complete gamble.
It’s going to be an interesting few months ahead before anybody knows what indeed is going on… Starting tonight… As new look Forest take on Huddersfield under the lights in eerie and empty surroundings in West Yorkshire.
To what might happen tonight or tomorrow with anything NFFC… Your guess is as good as mine.
*Article provided by Daniel Peacock (Editor).
*Main image @NFFC Nicholas Ioannou signs for Forest from APOEL in Cyprus.