The transfer window might have closed last week but that has not stopped Nottingham Forest bringing new faces to the City Ground.
24 hours after a deal to sign the Greek free agent Panagiotis Tachtsidis was confirmed, another unattached midfielder is reportedly on his way to the City Ground.
According to the Nottingham Post, Forest are set to sign the 31-year-old former West Brom ace Claudio Yacob, who was released in the summer after six years at The Hawthorns. But how has this latest potential recruit gone down with Forest fans? Well, not very well.
Understandably, the first question on many supporters’ lips is ‘why’? There is already a plethora of experienced central midfielders at the City Ground, not mentioning the highly-rated youngster Ryan Yates.
How can Karanka possibly hope to cram Yacob, Ben Watson, Ben Osborn, Jack Colback, Adlene Guedioura and Tachtsidis into the same starting XI?
Furthermore, landing a defensive enforcer a la Yacob hardly suggests that the infamously pragmatic former Middlesbrough boss is about to finally release the handbrake and encourage more attractive, expansive football from a side who have won just one of six Championship games so far.
Karanka out— Thomas D (@stompy09) September 6, 2018
Why, why why?! Can he not just try and use the players he got Paul? Really worrying that his answer to all problems is just “sign someone else” squads getting big again!— Aaron Allsebrook (@Allsebrook94) September 6, 2018
How many players does Karanka need? Can't he coach?— Kyle (@dangahv) September 6, 2018
What are the likes of Yates & Edser thinking. Path into the first team even further away. We risk losing talented youngsters & also not attracting a new crop as they will see that youth isn't encouraged. We risk becoming the new QPR (after Harry). Numerous contracted players— simon wilkinson (@megsonout) September 6, 2018
Freeby or not -do we really need another midfielder!— Jazz (@rambler82) September 6, 2018
Karanka answer to everything is to sign new players..he the championship version of mourino can't coach players .the problem is karanka not the players we have.. man's too negative and the new tinkerman— Deano7312 (@_deano73) September 6, 2018
Absolute joke why are we just signing free crap nobody else wants something is wrong big time ..this will.push yates even further down pecking order ..we have 100midfielders o but only 2 strikers absulote joke..clubs gone mad— Deano7312 (@_deano73) September 6, 2018
What is this all about? What is the plan? Midfielder overload or what and very short up front.— George Thurlby (@GeorgeThurlby) September 6, 2018
Unlike lots of fellow reds, I’m not into moaning. But this is getting a little bit weird now— Will Broome (@williambroome) September 6, 2018
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