Manuel Neuer inspiring Nottingham Forest youngster Tim Erlandsson

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The Swede arrived at the club this summer on a free transfer from Halmstads.

It has been a relatively quiet summer at Nottingham Forest. The club are under a transfer embargo so bringing in new players was always going to be difficult.

The club have snapped up the likes of Matt Mills, Jamie Ward and Dani Pinillos this summer, all on free transfers.

They have also snapped up a young goalkeeper on a permanent deal, with Tim Erlandsson signing on the dotted line.

The Swede had spent time with the club previously but turned his temporary stay at the City Ground into a permanent one, switching from Halmstads BK.

This week he has taken part in an interview with BT Sport about the future of the academy at Forest.

In the show he was asked who is role model was in the game and who inspired him. The answer was not a surprise from a modern day goalkeeper, Bayern Munich and Germany goalie Manuel Neuer.

The Swedish teen stated:

“For me I just have to say Manuel Neuer [is my idol]. Because obviously I am a goalkeeper and he is just the best ‘keeper in the world really.”

Of course Neuer is currently the best keeper in the world. Not only is it his shot-stopping that makes him so easily admired, but his all round game and development of the ‘sweeper-keeper’ into the modern era.

Forest will certainly hope Erlandsson’s admiration gets him somewhere close to the level Neuer has achieved.

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