Recent Nottingham Forest loan signings Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes have both told the local media that they are raring to push on and impress the Nottingham Forest fans.
Nelson Oliveira, who joined the Reds on a season long loan from Benfica, is pleased to have been given another chance to play in the United Kingdom following his six month spell with Swansea City in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old striker went on to feature 10 times for the Welsh side, scoring just the one goal. But the step down to the Championship is likely to see the Portuguese forward feature more regularly and score more goals.
He says that his experience with Swansea will help him excel as a Forest player.
Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “I needed three or four months to adapt to the English game but now I feel much better because of that experience at Swansea.
“I love English football so this is a great opportunity for me and I’m really pleased to have this chance.”
And now having trained with the squad for a few days, the striker is excited to feature against QPR on Saturday.
He added: “My first few days here have been good. My teammates and the manager have helped me a lot and I’m happy to be here.
“My job is to score goals and help the team to win games of football. Hopefully the supporters will like me and will like the way I play.
“My ambition is to help Nottingham Forest have a good season and to finish in the top seven. The job for me is to work hard and try and help the team succeed.”
Applying a similar attitude to his season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest, Ryan Mendes has spoke to the Nottingham Post about his excitement at the move.
Having been somewhat relegated to the bench for Lille at the start of this season, the 25-year-old winger was persuaded to join Forest by the promise of first team football. Being a key figure in a football team is important to Mendes and Dougie Freedman was able to promise him just that.
Speaking to the Post, he said: “I want to be playing football. I felt like an important player at Lille, but I was in and out of the side and I wanted to have more time on the pitch.
“So when the interest from Forest came, we decided that it was an opportunity we wanted to take. I wanted to be part of this.
“I was impressed by the fact that it is a big club with a lot of fans and with a lot of good players. It was easy for me to come here.”
The Cape Verde international netted for his country in the international break and is consistently proving that he is a quality player. However, the winger is eager to learn more about the English game as he develops his professional footballing career.
He said: “I am very, very happy to be here in Nottingham, it was important to me to feel wanted; to have the coach and the club make a serious effort to bring me here.
“I am impressed by the history of the club, by the fact that they have won the European Cup and by the quality of the players here now.
“But I am looking forward to finding out more; to learning about the club and the league.
“I am a technical player, I like to use my pace, because I am quick. I like to help the team to attack, I like to score goals and I like to help other players to score goals as well.”
Both Oliveira and Mendes will be hoping to help Nottingham Forest score more goals this season after a stuttering start to the club’s Sky Bet Championship season. Dougie Freedman will be hoping that Forest’s form can improve and that these two loan signings will be the key factor in doing just that.
The club hope to announce the loan capture of Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams today, which means that Dougie Freedman will have assembled a quality squad in significant financial difficulties.
Forest fans will be hoping that at least Oliveira and Mendes will start the game against QPR on Saturday. Both players will be striving to convert their positive attitudes into positive performances – what remains to be seen however, is the impact they will make.
Forest fans! What do you think of the signings of Oliveira and Mendes? Has Dougie Freedman done a good job this transfer window? Let us know in the comments below!