'Supposed to be class': Nottingham Forest fans clamour for Stefanos Kapino's debut

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.

Costel Pantilimon is coming in for criticism at Nottingham Forest, so is it about time Stefanos Kapino got his chance in the Championship?

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.

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.

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

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.

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,...

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.

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