Costel Pantilimon looked like the answer to Nottingham Forest’s goalkeeping problems when he arrived on loan from Watford on the final day of the January transfer window.
According to the Mirror (22 March, page 62) Forest were even drawing up plans to sign the giant Romanian shot-stopper on a permanent deal in the summer after an impressive run of three consecutive clean sheets.
A month later, however, it seems that Pantilimon’s status has fallen among the Forest fans. Because some are now clamouring for Stefanos Kapino, the other goalkeeper Forest signed in January, to be given a chance to prove himself.
The East Midlands giants brought in the Greek international in early February after his contract was terminated at Olympiakos, who are also owned by Forest head honcho Evangelos Marinakis.
24-year-old Kapino has not made his debut for Forest yet, although it remains to be seen how much longer he will stay waiting in the wings with mistakes creeping into Pantilimon’s game of late.
The former Sunderland man has come in for criticism recently and possibly could have done better as Grant Ward’s effort evaded him in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Ipswich Town.
But will manager Aitor Karanka side with the fans and give Kapino a chance to prove himself now survival is assured? It would make sense to do so, considering Pantilimon is not guaranteed to stay past the summer.
Yeah definitely, I'd overhaul the attack for sure. Probably Lolley and cash only 2 id keep up there. Reckon we should give this Kapino a start and see what he's like tbh— Bankzy (@BankzyNFFC) April 15, 2018
Would love to see Kapino given a go he’s supposed to be class and pants might not be here next year so might as well get kap a run— Michael Cooper (@mikecoop82) April 14, 2018
Figs & Tomlin ... would’ve said pants but with his high wages & error ratio creeping up (plus Kapino is a good keeper if head is right) I’m not as sure— Stu (@stuuuuu_nffc) April 15, 2018
Yup & that one against Fulham ... his error/good save ratio not that different from smith. Only thing is that he’s not constantly beaten from range. Might be worth givin Kapino a chance now - good keeper if his attitude is right— Stu (@stuuuuu_nffc) April 14, 2018
Yeah, I was kind of glad there was still something to play for...but season needs to end now. Would like to see some different players tried out. Need to see Kapino for example.— Hannah Forest ⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) April 15, 2018