Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has come out in defence of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, suggesting that the 32-year-old Romanian does not get the credit he deserves, with his ability to make hard saves look easy often working against him, as reported in the Nottingham Post.
Pantilimon has been a constant for Forest this season but with Forest still five points off the play-off places then the scrutiny is on the squad, as manager Martin O’Neill looks to find his best eleven.
So, is it fair to say Pantilimon is an easy scapegoat for Forest supporters?
“Yes, every side has one.
“He’s not done as well as I thought but it could be worse, they could have Lee Camp.
“There’s been fundamental problems at Forest, much wider ranging than the guy in the gloves.”
“I think his criticism is justified.
“Pantilimon has made a number of costly errors for Nottingham Forest this season and he’s lucky that there isn’t a strong back-up option between the sticks.
“Surely Forest need to replace him in the summer?”
“No, he’s awful – and the fans see straight through it.
“I have never rated him at all, and the fact he is so erratic and unpredictable makes him a liability.
“If I were Martin O’Neill, a goalkeeper would be the top priority in the summer having signed two teams worth of players this year.”