"I don't like Derby.”
In hindsight, Jamie Paterson might be wishing he hadn’t made that otherwise innocent quip in an interview with Bristol City’s YouTube channel in February. Because, just six months later, he was posing in Pride Park with a Rams badge on his chest.
In the final few hours of transfer deadline day, Phillip Cocu’s Derby completed one of the most eye-catching deals of the summer – and no, we’re not talking about 33-year-old player-coach Wayne Rooney.
Paterson made his name just a few miles down the road at Nottingham Forest after all, spending three years at the City Ground, and comments like the one he made earlier in the year, albeit tongue in cheek, didn’t exactly endear himself to Derby fans.
So the 27-year-old, a creative and industrious midfielder who should fit into Cocu’s flexible attacking style, will have to work twice as hard to make a good impression upon his new supporters.
But how do the Nottingham Forest fans feel about a player who scored 14 goals in two seasons in red, including that famous FA Cup hat-trick against West Ham, pulling on the gleaming white of their rivals?
Jamie Paterson eating his breakfast tomorrow morning ✊ pic.twitter.com/gUhgkNNDv1— D NFFC (@djobr) August 8, 2019
No not really to be honest. Course he’ll get a bit of stick due to signing for you but no ones really that bothered enough to get angry about it lol. Decent player on his day just very lightweight. Will suit ur style tho.— LMC (@trickytree19) August 8, 2019
We'd forgot about him until he endeared himself by saying he doesn't like derby.— Danny Nedelko (@psychospen) August 8, 2019
It's a funny old game
Jamie Paterson going to Derby has ruined my Thursday more than me thinking it’s Friday. #nffc— Chlo (@chlonffc) August 8, 2019
The most overrated player #NFFC has seen in years, scored a hat trick against West Ham and thought he was Ronaldo— Andrew (@AndrewNewts) August 8, 2019
Paterson and Dowell taking a step down to get game time, can't fault them. Both stable mid table championship performers. #nffc— Lee (@EquippedCafe) August 8, 2019
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