'Overrated': Nottingham Forest fans react as Derby sign Jamie Paterson

Jamie Paterson of Nottingham Fores celebrates after scoring their fifth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Fulham at the City Ground on September 17,...

Despite spending two season with Nottingham Forest, Bristol City's Jamie Paterson has joined their Championship rivals Derby County.

Jamie Paterson of Bristol City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on October 1,...

"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 of Nottingham Fores celebrates after scoring their fifth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Fulham at the City Ground on September 17,...

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