It’s an unfortunate surname for a Forest striker to sport, but a few goals will soon see that ignored! The move to sign Derbyshire from Olympiakos been widely speculated about for a couple of days now, culminating in sightings of him at the ground for the game yesterday. Of course, the official website is yet to confirm the news, but a three year deal has been confirmed by the player himself on Twitter:
Speculation from a few places (with the addition of a bit of common sense) suggest that the former-Blackburn man will don the number nine shirt for the Reds – of course, for those fans who want to honour the new player with shirt printing of their own Forest might need to get hold of some iron-on asterisks to take the sting out of having our neighbouring county on their shirts.
I jest, of course – the lad’s name is just an amusing diversion. What is quite exciting is that we are picking up a striker with both Premier League and Champions League experience, whilst the stat purists will point to a less-than-impressive ratio of goals and games – but they are not allowing for substitute appearances and game time spent on the wing.
Certainly in Derbyshire we don’t have a lone striker or target man in him, from my sketchy knowledge, but he’s got an eye for goal and has been capped fourteen times at under 21 level for England. I’m sure our signing of him will be causing envious glances from fellow Championship clubs.
After failing at an unexpected final hurdle to sign Verhoek (who has gone to another team in Holland today – tapped up? Much?) it’s welcome news that we have a reinforcement coming in.
So, a big welcome to Nottingham to Matt – I’m certainly looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff in the Garibaldi – and I’ll end with a fantastic idea for a chant that I just spotted on this thread in LTLF:
He’s not to blame
For his shit name
(To the tune of the old classic ‘Stevie Stone’ song 🙂 ) Let’s make that one happen! Of course, there’s always that niggling doubt until we see the picture on the Forest website – particularly in the light of the Verhoek nonsense – but surely this time it really is a (touches wood, rubs lucky rabbit’s foot etc etc) done deal?
Edit: Robin Chipperfield has just posted that this indeed isn’t quite a done deal, there’s a few things to iron out which is why there has been no official announcement – so the Matty himself was a little trigger-happy with his Tweet. If that’s a sign of his eagerness to get stuck in with the Reds, then that’s no bad thing!
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