They hit the headlines by signing 21 players, yes you read that right, but here’s why Nottingham Forest two-time Champions League winners will get relegated from the Premier League. Forest, who have been promoted after 23 years in England’s second tier, got promoted via the play-offs.
This was some achievement, especially as manager Steve Copper took the job at the City Ground with the club near the bottom of the table.
A memorable run ensued and if the form table was anything to go by, Nottingham Forest accumulated more points than Fulham and Bournemouth during Cooper’s tenure last season.
So much to the surprise of many, promotion was achieved and the East Midland side were in need of some reinforcements.
Key to last season’s success Djed Spence and James Gardner who were on loan from Middlesbrough and Manchester United respectively, have since joined Tottenham and Everton.
In all seven players would leave Nottingham Forest and the need to get bodies through the door was desperately needed. The Tricky Trees, would go about their business and have signed players from Manchester United and several across Serie A, Bundesliga and Emanuel Dennis of Watford.
Of course, Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard are the headline-grabbing signings, but Morgan Gibbs-White for £42.5 million, will raise eyebrows, to put it mildly.
On the face of it, the signings Steve Cooper and his team have signed have been impressive, but they will get relegated, here’s why.
Fulham. Football fans, I am sure you remember a few seasons ago, you will remember when West London side Fulham got promoted (this was a few years ago) and spent in excess of £100 million, did it work? No!
The Cottagers were relegated and had to be a lot more careful of their spending this season arguably after the mistakes of last time round. Is that the sole reason for condemning Forest?
Of course not, but Steve Cooper’s side is not the side that got them promoted. I am not saying, 11 of those players have to stay, but 21 new players? This is too many players brought in too quickly.
Except for Gibbs-White, I don’t think any of these players have played under the former Swansea boss. It takes time to understand the manager’s ideas and for the team to work in unison.
All the best sides in world football and England, have become great over time. Nottingham Forest don’t have time! Also football fans, another reason why I am painting a pessimistic picture for Forest is that the game against Bournemouth for example was terrible.
Why? Well, they threw away a two-goal lead and lost a game that they played well in. That’s the worst thing you can do at this level is lose games you deserve to win.
Tottenham this season have been winning games, that they haven’t been playing well in. The Reds want to play nice football and they have had their plaudits rightfully so, but if they get relegated, which I think they have every chance of, I can’t say it’s surprising.
Too much too quickly, just hasn’t worked. Yes, Aston Villa did the same as what Fulham did have done and survived, it was more luck than skill. I hope to be proven wrong, and will happily look back at this article and eat humble pie.
That’s my opinion, what’s yours?
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