I’m writing this at the end of the January transfer window.
Normally, I’d go through individual players and explain decision making and why I do certain things.
As you will see, an axe has quite literally been taken to the side, as I look to raise a bit of money to make the side my own.
The £31m includes the sale of Joe Worrall to Fulham, which happened before I came to Forest, but, I intended to get rid of the higher earners, and make a bit of space for the improvements.
The likes of Bridcutt, Kaboul, Vellios and Watson were playing U23 football, on a bit of money wages wise, so disposing of their wages allowed a few changes to be made.
Soudani and Tachtsidis didn’t fit into the way I wanted to play, which I’ll go into later, and both ended up making their way to Istanbul and Basaksehir.
Joao Carvalho was the subject of interest from Swansea and other teams in the Premier League, and the same with Ben Osborn. I decided to strike whilst the iron was hot, and get some money in.
This led to the last sale of the window, as Michael Hefele decided to criticise my sale of Osborn. He was offered out to all clubs, and left for Wolves. Its a little bit knee jerk, but, I want a decent culture at the club.
The first to come in, was Lynden Gooch, who had been playing most of the season at Sunderland in League One, and had left at the start of the transfer window as he had no contract.
Johnny Crawford was a player who was on my radar at Wigan, the Northern Irish youngster had been at Bradford Park Avenue, and had been on the fringes internationally. A defensive midfielder, at 17, hes one for the future.
Rafael Barbosa was identified as a replacement for Joao Carvalho. He was out on loan from Sporting at Pacos Ferreira in the Portuguese top flight, and looked like someone who would have definite resale value. For £275k, it was a decent fee to pay.
Jake Clarke-Salter is another one for the future. At £775k, it was a slight bit more than I wanted to pay for him, but with experience of playing in the top flight in Holland, and over 70 appearances in his career, the 22 year old would slot into the central defensive options.
As I’d decided to get rid of Soudani, we needed more players who could offer something going forward. Mason Greenwood is a player who is pretty well known across the footballing world, with his exploits in the Manchester United U18s and 23s. The 18 year old was offered the chance to join until the end of the season, and came in.
Cody Gapko was spotted in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, playing at Jong PSV.
The pacy left winger could also play on the right, and as a striker, and he’d been used there by Mark Van Bommel, scoring 7 goals in 13 games for them. He came at more than I wanted to pay, at £3.3m, but, assuming he does well, he’ll have a decent resale value.
Callum Gribbin came in as a backup for Barbosa, and will gain some experience, I’ll probably end up selling him on in the next 12 months, as he may grow tired of being a bench player.
Ivalyo Chochev was another player who I’d spotted whilst at Wigan. At 26, he was at the very top side of the age range I wanted to sign. He was really well rated in the areas I wanted for a central midfielder, with a high workrate and stamina. Again, at £2.4m, he may be slightly overpriced, but, I hope he’ll be with us for a long time and bring along the academy and youth team midfielders in training.
Lutsharel Geertruida was another player spotted in Holland. He hadn’t broken into the first team at Feyenoord, and whilst he was lacking in certain areas, he offers the ability on the right side of defence, being able to play right back and centre back. He also has resale value, only coming in for £235k.
The last signing made, was Joel Pereira. Forest have needed a strong goalkeeper for a while, and Costel Pantilimon, whilst being a decent option, wasn’t mobile enough for what we need. Pereira was loan listed at Old Trafford, and became the second player to join on loan from Mourinhos team.