'Sell him': Forest fans have some honest words for Jordan Smith

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Goalkeeper Jordan Smith might have fallen to third choice at Championship giants Nottingham Forest after the additions of Pantilimon and Kapino.

Jordan Smith of Nottingham Forest in action during a pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on July 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

With all due respect to Jordan Smith, he became Nottingham Forest’s number one goalkeeper almost by default.

Midway through last season Stephen Henderson suffered a serious injury, and the less said about Vladimir Stojkovic the better. Consequently, academy graduate Smith was shunted into the starting XI and he has remained there ever since.

Until now.

Costel Pantilimon of Watford in action during The Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium on March 13, 2016 in London, England.

Forest not only signed the giant Romanian shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon from Watford on transfer deadline day, they also picked up the Greek international Stefanos Kapino after he was released from his contract at Olympiakos.

Pantilimon started Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to high-flying Fulham and Kapino, a highly-rated ‘keeper who was Olympiakos's first-choice until he fell out of favour in the autumn, is likely to challenge him for a place in Aitor Karanka’s starting XI.

Goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino of Olympiacos celebrates after the UEFA Champions League Qualifying match between FC Partizan and Olympiacos on July 25, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia.

So in the space of a few days, Smith might have gone from undisputed number one to third in the pecking order. Not that Forest fans feel too sorry for the 23-year-old, who first joined Forest’s prosperous academy at the age of seven.

Smith is a talented 'keeper, but the fact is that Forest have conceded more goals in the Championship this season than every side bar the bottom two Sunderland and Burton.

If he is good enough, he will play. And, with Forest not yet clear of relegation danger, there is no time for sentiment.

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