January starts well, but can it last?

I’m a bit late in the day thanks to the rude awakening of coming back to work, but I’m really chuffed that Forest did the not-entirely-unexpected and made Marcus Tudgay’s signing from Sheffield Wednesday permanent yesterday.  He’s now on board with a two-and-a-half year contract after impressing in his loan spell, in which he notched three goals in three starts, and one sub appearance.

He’s always been one of those players that seems to have niggled us when he’s been an opponent, and perhaps his unsettledness at Wednesday after other moves were blocked for him meant that people had a poorer impression of his abilities than they should have.  He’s not the biggest or the fastest, but he’s decent in the air (as the Derby game showed, albeit against appalling defenders), and he’s got a great first touch, and an eye for goal.

It all adds to the former-Rams in our ranks too – he started out with Derby, making 99 appearances for them and notching 18 goals before earning a move to Wednesday amidst all manner of outlandish off-field rumours.  At Wednesday he made a little over 200 appearances and notched 50 goals – so increased his scoring ratio from 1 in 5 games to 1 in 4.  Hopefully he can do the same again here, he’s certainly started well enough!

Elsewhere on the personnel merry-go-round we welcome back Joe Garner and Julian Bennett from their loans with Huddersfield and Palace respectively.  It’s already been decreed that no follow-up interest in Joe will be shown by Huddersfield after his loan ended with no goals.  Benno I understand made a better impression at Palace, although given the injury and soon-t0-be-expired loan of Ryan Bertrand the Reds might choose to assess whether it’s worth keeping hold of him.  We still await news of Robbie Findley’s work permit.

After that – well, the usual rumours in a January window are surfacing.  The general mood of the message boards seems to be confidence that Forest will splash the cash in this window, which always makes me – the cynic – feel a bit pensive!  Certainly this season represents a real opportunity to make a claim for the automatic spots, as none of the teams at the top look unassailable at the moment.. unfortunately that also includes us as times!

I really want to have faith that this January will be different – indeed, it has started remarkably well with the capture of Tudgay, but I’m not going to let myself get too excited!

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  1. I would like to see Julian Bennet being given a chance if we cant keep Ryan Betrand (or while he is injured). I am sure he could do a good enough job for Forest at left back. He must be a better option than Cohen or Wilson at left back who are clearly out of position there.
    I thought Lynch did ok against Ipswich but is he now injured also?
    I have the noticed that lot from down the A 5-2 are now on TV next Monday, ‘come on Crawley’ !!

    • I certainly don’t see the harm in giving Benno a run-out against Preston to see how he does – Billy hasn’t seen much of him at all since he’s been injured for his whole tenure then out on loan. Not sure whether Lynch is seriously injured, although he obviously went off at Ipswich… and yes, distribution aside he grew into the game…

      I hadn’t realised the Derby match was televised! Could be fun!

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