Nottingham Forest supporters will smack their lips at the prospect of new signings arriving at the City Ground this summer as the club prepare for its first season back in the Premier League in 23 years.
Steve Coopertremendous work of the Reds was completed on Sunday afternoon when they defeated Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Just two days after 37,000 Forest fans witnessed history, talk has already begun of linking the players with a move to the East Midlands before the Premier League kicks off in August.
Southampton midfielder Will Smallbone has been mentioned as a potential replacement for James Garner, while the possibility of making Philip Zinckernagel Y djed spence Permanent loan spells have also been discussed.
Previously, promoted clubs have endured a hectic summer before competing with Manchester City and Liverpool. In the previous five seasons, relegation clubs spent an average of £49m in the summer transfer window before taking on England’s best – a stark contrast to the £2.28m spent by Forest last summer. with Chris Hughton.
Forest last spent more than £15m in a summer transfer window in 2018, when João Carvalho (£13.5m), Lewis Grabban (£6.12m), El Arbi Hillel Soudabi (£2, 7 million) and Tobias Figueiredo (£2 million).
It’s a big summer for Forest, with many players looking to join the club and make the step up from the second tier to the Premier League. Below is a look at five Championship players who could be a perfect fit for Cooper’s team next season.
Forest’s midfield has already been much discussed after interest in Garner escalated from elsewhere in the Premier League. Garner will be assessed by new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in pre-season, forcing Cooper to potentially look elsewhere for a figure to join Ryan Yates in midfield.
One player who has justified his move to the top flight is Sheffield United’s Sander Berge. The Norwegian is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder and was one of the Blades’ best players as Forest eliminated them in the Championship play-offs.
Berge completed 83% of his passes last season, while also having a 72% tackle success rate. One element that could lure the 24-year-old into the Reds hierarchy is his past in the top divisions in England and Belgium. He shares similar traits to Garner, both capable of finding deep passes and making late runs into the opposite box to find crosses.
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Lewis-Potter was by far Hull City’s most impressive player last season, scoring 12 goals and four assists despite the Tigers finishing 19th in the championship last season. The 21-year-old academy graduate has seen his stock rise since he burst onto the scene at MKM Stadium in 2019.
Everton, West Ham, Southampton, Brentford and Bournemouth have shown interest in the winger and with Jarrod Bowen’s tremendous form in the top flight following a move from Hull, Lewis-Potter would have that in mind ahead of the next transfer. market.
Capable of playing on either wing and as an attacking midfielder, the Hull man is sure to have his name on Cooper’s wish list to improve the Reds’ front line.
At Wembley on Sunday there weren’t many Huddersfield players to cause problems in Cooper’s full-back, but one did in attacking midfielder O’Brien. The 23-year-old has seen revived interest from Leeds United after the Terriers lost in the play-off final, but the attacking midfielder did enough on Sunday to convince Forest to potentially take a chance.
Like Berge, O’Brien is capable of playing defensively or attacking from midfield. After seeing his move to Leeds fail last summer, it is only a matter of time before he plays in the Premier League, according to his team-mate Jonathan Hogg.
A different alternative in attack is Millwall’s Jed Wallace. The winger’s contract at the Den is due to expire in a few months and he has yet to agree an extension with the club following interest from Reds, Burnley, Leeds United and West Brom.
After failing to close a deal in January for Wallace, Forest could now get the 28-year-old for free after Millwall manager Gary Rowett admitted the player’s half-hour cameo on the final day of the season in Bournemouth may have been his last game for the club.
The former Wolves man produced 17 goals (six goals and 11 assists) for Millwall last season and could get a chance in the Premier League for the first time in his career.
If Forest is going to continue with the back three that Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Steve Cook have executed to perfection, more quality at the back will be a priority in the summer. The 22-year-old Swansea City defender Cabango has come on in leaps and bounds since his 2019 loan with The New Saints.
Like the previous four on this list, consistency over the past season has been enough to warrant a move to the top tier and the Wales international could be a perfect fit in Cooper’s defence.
Able to play from behind, Cabango completed 85% of his passes last season, averaging 65.7 passes per game for Swansea last season and will want to put himself in the best position ahead of Wales’s possible Cup run. of the World of Qatar.