Nottingham Forest are probably still trying to bed their players in after a busy transfer deadline day that saw Aitor Karanka embark on a major overhaul of his squad.
With the club still in the bottom half of the table, a push for the play-offs this season looks extremely unlikely but next time around, former Boro boss Karanka, who knows what it takes to get promoted from the Championship, will surely have his eyes on getting the club back to the Premier League.
FLW asked Wycombe midfielder and EFL pundit Sam Saunders for his thoughts on the appointment of Karanka and the signings he has brought in at the City Ground and found he was very upbeat about Forest’s chances next season.
He told us: “He knows how to get up this league, he’s done it before with Boro. They were always very strong, very organised, very tough to beat, a lot of 1-0 wins.
“When we (Brentford) played against them in the Championship play-off semi-finals a couple of years back, they were too strong for us on the two occasions and deserved to go through.
“He’s made some astute signings in the January window, players that have been there and done it before, like Watson – he was Watford’s top performing midfielder, to be honest.
“He was underrated to be honest, you had all the top boys getting the headlines but he was one that kept them ticking. Colback is another one who has done it in the Championship before, Tomlin as well, the list goes on.
“They’re a bit too far off to make a push for this play-offs but next season, I reckon they’ll be a team to be reckoned with.
“It’s always a risk bringing in so many new players but the fact that they’ve brought in so many experienced boys who have done it before means that risk is less.”
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