‘I swear, If I See One More Joke About Midfielders…’

‘We’re going to play 0-10-0 at this rate!’ starts off the #nffc timeline of aspiring Michael McIntyre’s, as news of another signing looks set to be announced at the City Ground.

With the loan window closing last Friday, it seemed that all of Forest’s business had been done – instead, Karanka has recruited two more free agents, in the shape of Claudio Yacob and Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

Yacob, having been released from West Brom last year made 160 appearances for the Baggies in the space of six years in the Premier League.

Whilst Greek international, Tachtsidis joins from Marinakis’ Olympiacos, after spells in Italy, including a season at Roma.

The addition of two experienced, central midfielders would normally bring jubilation to Trent side – but there has undoubtedly been a significant, split amongst the Forest faithful in recent days.

A disappointing performance and loss against Brentford on Saturday, catalysed the frustration within certain pockets of fans – a frustration, which has now rumbled on into the international break and on to matters off the pitch.

With a select few calling for the managers head, the pessimists and optimists of the City Ground seemed to be at loggerheads on social media, on the business of the club.

Yacob and Tachtsidis have been greeted with mixed reviews, much contrast to the summer of ‘big spending’ (Copyright of Martin Tyler), where every new face added an extra lift of ambition around the club – almost as if our destiny were writing itself, because of the money spent.

Unlike summer however, we are now faced with the realties of the new season, exposed to the strengths of the opposition, who have proven we are not as almighty as we may have thought.

Poor performances in central midfield have clearly prompted the Forest manager to look in the free agent market, which many have argued as being hasty, ‘panic buys’ – as if Karanka had missed the Dettol and Ariel off his wife’s shopping list.

The sort of leadership which does not exactly instil belief and calmness amongst fans.

Their introduction to the City Ground also meanwhile, brings to question the future of central midfielders; Ben Watson, Jack Colback, Ryan Yates and so on.

The role of Liam Bridcutt now looks even less influential than it did before – despite an excellent showing against Newcastle, his place at the club now looks suspect.

Surely though we can take comfort from a manager who is trying to solve a problem the Reds seem to be having of late in the league – being unable to control possession, as we saw against Brentford.

The deals do seem to be a little hurried, however if there is quality available which is capable of boosting a squad, then there should be no patience in signing them, particularly on a free.

The big question for Aitor Karanka will be how he will manage to keep a large squad, with an abundance of players in each position hungry to impress, happy.

Hopefully, we will soon see a settled Forest side which will start to play the football they have the potential of playing – this will take time, far longer than the 540 minutes we have witnessed this season.

Picture Credit: Nottingham Forest


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