It’s always exciting when we make a signing, and the return of Andy Reid to Forest is a great coup I think. Those people making jibes about his fluctuating weight overlook his undoubted talent on the ball, delivery and passing ability – not to mention the fact that he appears to be in good shape too.
Whether McClaren sees him as the left winger that most Forest fans will remember him as or a more central playmaker remains to be seen – certainly we have had a long-standing vacancy on the left wing, most recently filled by the departed Nathan Tyson who – whilst full of endeavour – lacked a certain amount of guile in that role, just as he lacked the ability to finish when in his preferred position up front.
So a huge welcome aboard to Reidy – a free transfer and a two year deal signed. Obviously if that’s the full extent of our incoming activity then it will be disappointing, but it’s a good start. Rumours persist that Giles Barnes has also agreed a deal in principle but is undergoing an extended fitness test – he’s certainly a player that could be a snip if he fulfils his potential. Big if, of course.
As well as an incoming we’ve had confirmation of the worst-kept two outgoings – last season’s skipper Paul McKenna and Dele Adebola both head to Hull on free transfers. McKenna has been a good pro for us, and – as is usually the case with defensive midfielders and Forest fans – not always as valued as he deserves to be, having said that, he was starting to show signs of wear and tear, and a move was probably right.
Dele too should go with good wishes – personally I never quite got the affection and belief some fans seemed to have in him, but I don’t doubt he was a decent pro who was good to have around our younger players – even if his contribution on the pitch was, in my opinion, less than overwhelming. That said, he played his part in some late cameos and caused a degree of havoc in opponent defences.
Best of luck to both of them in their future careers – I’m sure each of them can look forward to a decent reception from Forest fans when we next encounter them.
The lack of news around Earnshaw and Moussi would suggest to me that neither are likely to be with us next season – which is a pity in both cases, particularly Moussi. Que sera sera though – we really should have looked to get these players on a longer term contract if we had intended to keep them. It does rather mean that McClaren needs to be thinking about holding midfielders, though.
As for whether Smoulderwood deigns to return or not – that too remains in the balance. I do hope so though, not just because I want to childishly pick up with the silly nickname again, but clearly he’s the choice that the club want to bring in. I’m (possibly over-optimistically) looking forward to further news over the next week or so…
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