Nottingham Forest have recently completed a deal to sign Arsenal defender Jordi Osei-Tutu on a season-long loan deal.
Osei-Tutu still has two years remaining on his contract with the Gunners, but they’re clearly keen to find him regular minutes elsewhere in senior football, with first-team opportunities at the Emirates Stadium likely to be hard to find for the full-back.
The 22-year-old spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Cardiff City, but only made nine appearances for the Bluebirds in an injury-hit spell with Mick McCarthy’s side.
But the defender has impressed out on loan with German outfit VfL Bochum in the past, having scored five goals, and been on hand to provide three assists in his 22 appearances for them in the 2019/20 campaign.
Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 by Coventry City in their first league match of the 2021/22 season, and they’ll be keen to return to winning ways at the earliest of opportunities.
Speaking in an interview with the club’s official website after his arrival was confirmed, Osei-Tutu revealed the influence Chris Hughton had on his move, before expressing his excitement to make a positive impact in the near future.
“I’m delighted to sign for such a historic club and I can’t wait to see the fans for the first time. Everything about the club attracted me and the manager, Chris Hughton, is great and I’m excited to get started.
“It’s really important for me to get my head down now and it’s good to know that I’m here for a full season and I want to show everyone what I can do.
“I know what to expect in the division, it’s a very tough and physical league but I’m ready for the challenge ahead.”
Nottingham Forest are set to return to action on Wednesday evening, when they host League Two side Bradford City in the First Round of the EFL Cup.
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This could turn out to be a smart bit of business by the Reds.
But did Forest actually need another right-back this summer? Jordan Gabriel showed real promise in his first match of the season for the Reds, and you would have thought he would have been a solid option to have in Chris Hughton’s starting XI moving forwards.
However, with Osei-Tutu arriving at The City Ground on a temporary basis, that could hint that Gabriel is heading for the exit door, which I can’t see going down well with the club’s supporters.
Osei-Tutu has shown glimpses of his potential at this level, and he’ll be keen to stay injury-free this season, as he looks to make a positive impact with Hughton’s side this term.