This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more
Cyrus Christie has bid farewell to Nottingham Forest supporters with a passionate message on Instagram.
Christie has been one of the Reds’ most consistent performers this season, making 44 starts in the Championship.
The right-back struggled at first, but his performances have improved a lot, particularly in the second half of the campaign.
Christie’s season-long loan spell at the City Ground has now come to an end, with uncertainty regarding his future at Fulham.
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The Cottagers have an option to extend his deal by a further year this summer, with his current contract set to expire.
Here, we discuss whether the Reds should look to make a permanent move for the Republic of Ireland international this summer…
I think so, just for the sake of having a touch of consistency through the squad when there’s going to be quite a lot of change in the summer.
As well as that, Christie has been one of Forest’s more consistent performers this season in the Championship, so it’s not exactly the worst deal to explore.
Of course, Christie isn’t going to provide you with the exciting right-back option of someone like Matty Cash, but Forest have to be realistic about what they can do this summer.
Christie has helped plug a gap and will continue to do so if he’s signed, alongside adding a sprinkle of quality.
It’s also worth noting that he’s a promotion winner in the Championship, which can often be criminally underrated.
The pros outweigh the cons in my eyes.
I think that this would be a great move if Nottingham Forest can pull it off.
Cyrus Christie is undoubtedly one of the best right-backs at Championship level, something that he’s proven at the City Ground and over the course of several years previous.
The 28-year-old faces an uncertain future with his Fulham deal due to expire, but in Forest he has an option which would surely be a good move.
Christie needs to find a club where he’ll be empowered to be a crucial player, and that’s almost certain to be the case under Chris Hughton.
Barring any surprise interest from those higher up the food chain I imagine that Forest will have a good chance of getting this deal done.
Considering Christie’s contract is expiring at Fulham, Forest should be offering him a permanent deal immediately.
The right-back improved as the season went on and he ended with three Championship assists – whilst that isn’t a staggering tally it’s something that can be improved upon.
Depending on what Christie would want in terms of wages I think it’s a no-brainer to make a move for him this summer, but a lot depends on how Chris Hughton seems the development of Jordan Gabriel coming along.
He’s spent this season on loan at high-flying League One side Blackpool and if Hughton doesn’t think he’s ready to step into a first-team role still at the City Ground then it makes signing Christie even more important.