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Nottingham Forest's latest signing undermines Jordan Smith

Nottingham Forest's goalkeeper Jordan Smith clears the ball out of the box during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January...

The arrival of Stefanos Kapino is a big kick in the teeth for the 23-year-old.

Nottingham Forest's goalkeeper Jordan Smith clears the ball out of the box during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January...Nottingham Forest's goalkeeper Jordan Smith 

Nottingham Forest have continued to be busy in the transfer market, even after the window was shut. Free agents can still be signed by clubs and Forest have snapped up three. Ben Watson arrived after leaving Watford and Juan Fuentes, who left Osasuna in the summer.

The third player they brought in was Greek international goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino.

But what does his signing mean for one Forest player?

Last season Forest made a mess of the goalkeeper situation. After selling Dorus de Vries they tried replacing him with Vladimir Stojkovic, a calamitous and entertaining stopper and Stephen Henderson, who simply could not maintain regular fitness.

Goalkeeper, Stefanos Kapino of Greece looks on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group H  Qualifier match between Belgium and Greece at Stade Roi Baudouis on March 25, 2017 in Brussels,...Goalkeeper, Stefanos Kapino

Up stepped homegrown goalkeeper Jordan Smith and he has played well since he made the transition into first-team stopper.

But the arrival of Kapino and Costel Pantilimon, who arrived on loan from Watford on transfer deadline day, certainly sends mixed signals to the 23-year-old.

Romania's goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon takes part in a training session at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on June 9, 2016 on the eve of the Euro 2016 football match...Romania's goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon takes part in a training session 

Smith, who made two incredible saves in the crucial final day of the season clash against Blackburn Rovers last season, is 23 so is no longer a young talent. Now is the time Smith should be cementing his place as the first-team goalie at Forest but clearly this is not a vote of confidence from his new manager Aitor Karanka.

Considering the talent both Pantilimon and Kapino possess it is not hard to see how this could be the end of Smith’s promising Forest career.

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