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New Nottingham Forest man makes statement that may excite club’s fans

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Nottingham Forest signed a host of players in the closing days of the January transfer window – and three in February as well – but it has yet to make an impact on the pitch. 

That may have something to do with the fact that a lot of the new recruits are lacking match fitness and one man who could count himself in that category is Lee Tomlin, who joined Forest on loan until the end of the season from Cardiff City.

Tomlin, by his own admission, played the best football of his career so far under Forest boss Aitor Karanka during the pair’s spell together at Middlesbrough and hopes that reuniting with the former Real Madrid man will help him get back to his best.

He also issued a message to the Forest fans that he wants to get them excited and make things happen during his time at the City Ground – and after a 2-0 home defeat to Hull City on Saturday, they need inspiration from somewhere.

He told the Nottingham Post: “When I get the ball, I think fans are excited to see something happen. Tricks, flicks, nutmegs, little turns; I just want to get people excited.

“I want to get the fans off their seat and excited to watch their team but if I am not doing it attacking wise, I will know about it. There were a few offers from other teams, who were just talking about giving me the chance to go and get match fitness.

“I know that it is no good just going to play games and I know the gaffer here would not just accept that mentality. You have to work so hard under him, to win games.

“Middlesbrough was the highlight of my career. Then I moved from Boro to the Premier League, with Bournemouth and even then the gaffer was saying that was where I should be, because I was good enough.

“I want to get back to playing to the level I was previously, under the gaffer. That is why I came here, because of him.”

The Verdict

Tomlin has quality – maybe not enough to justify the lack of effort he sometimes shows going back the other way – but he can make things happen with the ball.

That will excite Forest fans if he can produce that on a regular basis, but I am just not sure that he will. He seems out of step with Forest’s younger players and while Karanka knows what makes him tick, he was still inconsistent at Boro during spells.

Forest fans – what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below…

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