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.
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.
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.
I do feel sorry for Jordan Smith....... Why?— Benji Neil (@BenjiNFFC) February 8, 2018
Has to earn his place now instead of being guaranteed. He won’t go hungry or anything, he just has to do his Job better than the other Two!! #nffc
I remember back in the day even the great Shilts had to fight for his England shirt with Ray Clemence, if there where no guarantees of a starting place for him, surely nobody is immune, that's football & if Jordan has the correct mentality it will make him a better keeper 4 #nffc— Red Dog Macca (@nottmforestblog) February 8, 2018
Disappointed he hasn't put in more commanding performances since August, knowing that it was likely his position was temporary— Thomas Ward (@Thomas_Ward92) February 8, 2018
plays average week in week out for bread man & plays every week. Work for your place that’s how we get performers— adam (@salteradam_) February 8, 2018
If Smith wasn’t an academy graduate people wouldn’t be moaning about him being down the pecking order.. He is a very good shot stopper but is so poor in his distribution, the kids still learning! Competition can only make him a better Keeper #nffc— ⚪️⚪️ (@BxrrieMckay) February 8, 2018
Not sure why people feel sorry for the likes of Smith... Weve been doing crap for a fee years. Tough love but if we can replace with better then it's got to be done! #nffc— E- Nottingham Forest (@e_nottmforest) February 8, 2018
Sell him— Adlene Guedioura (@Iamphenomenal01) February 8, 2018
FACT at this moment in time Jordon Smith is not good enough ⭐️⭐️#NFFC— mongoosebiker (@Allstarreds) February 8, 2018
RIP Jordan Smith.— Harry (@HarrySaxton98) February 8, 2018