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    Nottingham Forest Researcher

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    Mentalist from Nottingham, but now live in Doncaster. Researcher for NFFC. Stats geek.

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    Twit - @rmt_1982 .XBL - P057code PSN - BB_P057code

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    Football, Photography, Rugby, Photography

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    Nottingham Forest FC

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    Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers

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  1. Going into the the 2023/24 season, we were looking to compete on another front, with Champions League football thrown in. For perhaps the first time in the entire time I've been at Forest, there were minimal arrivals, with 3 players coming in. Northern Irish teenagers, Scott Porter (AMR) and Ben Bingham (ST) arrived from Glenavon, and went on loan, to Hull City and Hearts. Australian international defender, Lachlan Tobin came in from Adelaide City in his homeland, and went on loan to Ligue 1 side, Amiens. The usual loans went out, with several fringe players departing to new clubs. Interest was beginning to show in Kieran Douglas. The young Irish striker had been on fantastic form over the past 2 seasons on loan at Scunthorpe and Newcastle, and he had shown great improvement in terms of attributes and value. The belief being that he wouldn't be at the club at the end of this transfer window, moves were made to secure a striker of similar ilk. Noah Lepretre was found at Servette in Switzerland, and at 17 years old, still had a few years worth of development to do. He'd shown up on several scout reports over the past season and a half, and had scored regularly in the U21s of the Swiss club, before chipping in with 16 from 33 in the Swiss League last season. Comparatively, he was exactly the sort of striker we wanted, someone comfortable to play on his own, but also drop deep and help link up the play. For £6m, he joins on his 18th birthday, January 6th. Also attracting some interest, was Jack Harrison. At 26, he is the oldest player in the squad, and had asked for a new contract. On checking what he wanted, the winger requested over £60k per week, with no negotiation room. This was £20k over the limit I have set myself for sustainability purposes. He was immediately offered out, and attracted the attention of Everton, who offered £19m for him. Given I had signed him on a free, thats a very healthy profit, and he will leave in January. The plus side of this, is that I had several months to pursue the options on the left side of midfield. There is a young Ivorian arriving who can play on that flank, but, that will still leave us short out there, as Martin McMeekin has been struggling with injury. The solution to this was found in Ireland. 19 year old Winger, Glen Whelan, had been plying his trade at Cork City. Quick, strong, and a very good playmaker out wide, he struck me a bit of an Irish Gareth Bale, just without the attitude. For £1m, and a 5 year contract, he comes in on the 1st January 2024, and will replace Harrison. -- Away from the transfer business, the season started with a visit from West Ham, who, inspired by Romelu Lukaku, went away 3-0 victors. Champions League football saw us draw Dynamo Kiev, FC Porto and Monaco, with the chances of progressing being pretty good. This proved to be the case, as we finished 2nd in the group behind Monaco, who won 5 out of their 6 games, the only defeat being a 2-1 reverse to ourselves at the City Ground. Our prize being a draw against Bayer Leverkusen We departed the EFL Cup in the 3rd round, a rotated team losing on penalties to Arsenal after a 2-2 draw. At the turn of the year, we found ourselves sat in 4th in the Premier League, level with Manchester United in 3rd, with 39 points after 20 games, although, the north west side have 2 games in hand. All to play for, and a few choice areas to strengthen in, and things could happen.
  2. As with last season, the aim was to consolidate our position as we pushed into the new year. The transfer window came around once more, with youngsters Ciaran Stewart, Lucas and Rogerio Caroco joining. The standouts were Jamal Lewis, from Huddersfield, for £10.75m, a bit excessive I thought, but, with his club having gone down, and I needed someone to put pressure on Foster on the left side. The 24 year old will supply that. Other notable signings were defender Cristopher Huertas, for £3.8m from Malaga. Another powerful centreback, who had just turned 21, Huertas was playing in Spain, and wanted to leave the Segunda. Hitting his release clause saw him come on a 4 and a half year deal. Murray Proctor joined from Kilmarnock. The 20 year old attacking midfielder had fallen out with his manager, and the Scottish U21 is the perfect fit for what we need. Competition for his place comes from Roberto Lopez, who signs from Girona in Spain, for £1.9m. As always, there were departures in the transfer window as well. Ryan Ledson departed to Reading, having failed to improve since joining. Dru Yearwood as well, departed, heading to Newcastle for a small profit. Eddie Nketiah returned south to London, having found himself unable to break into the first team squad on a regular basis. Brentford paid £5m for him, which saw us make another profit. Young Argentine winger, Simone Perez departed to Spain, joining Betis. Although I really liked him as a player, his personality saw him kick up a fuss any time a player was sold, and, he was coming to the end of his contract. For £3.8m, a decent profit was made on him. Also departing was Luis Iriarte for £13.5m to Marseille. The Argentine had top scored for us last season, and was doing well this season, however, his agent was pushing for a massive new contract for him, and a £10.5m profit on him was more than worth making. Back to business, a decent cup run saw us get knocked out in the 6th Round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford, where, despite taking the lead, the sending off of Leigh Foster changed the game. In the league, we kept a short distance behind the top 3, eventually securing 4th place with 3 games to go, defeating Arsenal. Kieran Douglas was the massive standout for us, finishing the season with 29 goals, 14 assists, and numerous awards, including the PFA Young Player of the Season. He has probably every one of Europes big clubs sniffing after him, which is why I managed to get him to sign a contract which puts him right at the top of the pay structure I want to use. The big thing with the contract, however, is there are no release clauses in there Then this,... Finally, this So. 2 seasons left at NG2, then we move into our new home. Hopefully, we can keep the Champions League football coming for then. Published Walking on The Trent - Season 5. The Second Half is now live. What’s next? Post address View PostCopy Link Always show pre-publish checks.
  3. I'm hoping a bit that his physical side comes out a bit, then I'll be happy. Comparison -
  4. Its looking very likely that this guy will be leaving me at the end of the season (probably for over £100m) I've got this guy coming in to replace him, although, not an exact replacement in terms of player style.
  5. So, 2022/23 has the World Cup in the middle. That, I forgot about. In came Victor Hugo De Alba for £650k, with Ross McCrorie coming in from Rangers (for a slightly bigger fee than I wanted to pay), for £7m. The news that Paulo Roberto was going to miss the first couple of months of the campaign was tempered somewhat, when 18 year old French youngster, Justin Picard came up on a scout list. Mobile, strong in the tackle, and fit, although, diminutive in size (at 5'5", he is the smallest player in the squad), he fits how we want to play, and for £4m, presents a great resale value for the future. A large number of players departed on loan again, aiming to push their experience further, and several players departed for new clubs, bringing nearly £77m in fees in. Thomas Buitink was the first to depart, Wolves sparking an auction, which saw the fee go up to £33.5m, with a 30% sell on clause, bringing the club nearly £22m in profit for 18 months worth of work. Alessandro Murgia departed next, unable to find a space in our starting lineup, he kicked up a bit of a fuss, and went for £3.5m to Aston Villa, which, for less than 12 months, and a £300k profit, wasn't too bad for us. Bruno Paz departed to Spain, where Villareal paid £9.5m for the Portuguese midfielder, a profit of nearly £9m in the near 2 years he spent with us. Max Bauer returned to Germany, with Borussia Mönchengladbach parting with £3.5m for the centre back, again, a profit of £1.3m for just under 10 months. Andre Girao was the next to depart, the Portuguese winger, signed for £600k in 2020, was the subject of several bids from PSG, and in the end, £2.5m and a very healthy 50% of any future fee saw him depart. Young Argentinian, Guido Olguin departed next, the £7m fee we paid to River, was trebled by Bayer Leverkusen, and the promise of Champions League football saw him go. That was the last of the 'big' fees, but, 3 other fringe players departed. In competitive fixtures, we came up against AZ in the Europa League qualifiers, and despatched them 6-0 over 2 legs. A trip to Croatia came next, with Rijeka our opposition, they were despatched 4-2 on aggregate. Our run came to a disappointing end in the 4th Qualifying Round, seeing us bow out to Mainz, who were better drilled, and saw us off 4-2 over the 2 legs. In other competitions, we were beaten 3-0 in the Carabao Cup 3rd Round, and our run in the league was going better, seeing us lie 4th after 17 games, and being one of the only teams to score past Liverpool this season. Player wise, David Brooks, Luis Iriarte and Keiran Douglas find themselves towards the top end of the goalscorers charts, with Brooks in 3rd place in the league, with 8 goals. There is some interest coming in for some of the players with the transfer window looming, but, it will take a massive bid or two to part with some of the players.
  6. Going through some stuff on my save. So far, my total outlay on transfers is - £137m (for a total of 120 players), and I've fetched in £202m on 32 transfers, the biggest profit being £31m (so far). Think my policy is working a bit.
  7. So, going into January, the aim was to consolidate our position, and try to finish as high up the table as possible. First, we had to negotiate the January transfer window, something, which, we did pretty well, with only David Brooks and Jack Harrison coming in, for a total of £11m. The door didn't stop there, with, nearly £85m of outgoing transfer fees coming in, the big one being £40m for Blas Sever, who departs for Tottenham. Other key departures were Xadas, who hadn't played a great deal this season, Bernardo Mosso, who fell out with me at the end of the August window, as no offers came in for him, and first choice keeper, David Raya. Letting Raya go to Monaco was a tough decision, however, in Charlie Le Fondre and Stig Skjaeveland, there were 2 youngsters who had the potential to be long term standouts for us. 19 year old Le Fondre, an England U21 international, had been on loan at Ipswich in the Championship in the first half of the season, and returned. The other issue was a replacement for Sever. We would lose a lot of dynamism with him leaving, however, the scouting network came up trumps, locating another South American potential superstar, plying his trade in Columbia at Atletico Nacional, and, for £600k, Victor Hugo De Alba comes to the club in June, meaning that Perdomo and Bauer would see out the season as first choices. Comparisons with Sever are easy to make, and the young Columbian will fit his role well. A second Columbian was also arriving in July, this one had been plying his trade in North America, at NYCFC, and was again, really highly rated on the scout reports. Other than that, theres a couple of youngsters coming in just to top up the squads Back to League news, we confirmed Europa League qualification with a couple of games left, our form, naturally dropped off after the sale of Sever, who had been a massive part of the defence, but, we were overachieving on my plan by at least a season, so, the experience for a lot of the younger players would be quite good. The U23s won their respective league, with Marcel Diabate top scoring , and the U18s winning their division, then losing the U18 Premier League final on penalties, as well as a defeat in the Youth Cup Final. Young Spanish striker, Alvaro, a product of our 2021 youth intake, scoring over 30 goals in the season. A 7th place finish was good, but, I felt we collapsed a fair bit in the 2nd half of the season And lastly...
  8. So, instead of writing several updates a season, I thought I'd change tack, and write an update halfway through the season, and one at the end. Here is the Half Term report for season 4. Transfers - Again, business done in and out, with the outgoing transfers seeing a lot of profit for the club. The biggest outgoing deal of the lot was Matej Chalus, who saw us make nearly £7m in profit once we paid out the sell on. Tavsun was very similar, making us a large profit on a small outlay, however, a 30% profit sell on saw us bring in about £5m in profit there. Coming in, Guido Olguin and Simone Perez were upgrades on the wing, both really highly rated Argentinian youngsters, who will probably have a season with us then be sold. Iriarte was the same, just coming in to support Buitink at the top. Deadline day, saw us bring in another couple of defenders, in Columbian Duván Perdomo and Max Bauer, as well as some transfer listed English players, in Eddie Nketiah and Dru Yearwood. Bauer and Perdomo are ones who will spend a couple of seasons with us hopefully, before moving on. Our league performance was surprising for everyone, seeing us 4th at the turn of the year. Iriarte, Buitink and Olguin chipping in with goals, and Perdomo picking up 5 from centre back. With the January transfer window arriving, two signings are coming in, for an outlay of £11m. Firstly, on a free transfer from Manchester City, Jack Harrison, who will cover both wings, and secondly, for £11m from relegated Bournemouth, David Brooks. Both are at the top end of the age range I will buy (Harrison 25, Brooks 24), however, they both present a massive resale value due to Brexit and being homegrown British players. Our aim for the second half of the season, is to consolidate our position, and hopefully qualify for Europe.
  9. Nottingham Forest - 2020/21 Season Review Premier League - 12th. Media Prediction - 19th FA Cup - 6th Round - Knocked out by Southampton Carabao Cup - 2nd Round - Knocked out by Burnley (Penalties) Awards - Review - Stats - Commercial -
  10. Sent this guy on loan at the start of the season, and he mainly came off the bench for Scunthorpe.. Since then, hes scored 17 in his last 10, and been called up for the Irish national team.
  11. Spent a lot of time after signing with a couple of niggling injuries, really a bit prone to them at the moment, then, when he got fit again, I was playing a setup that didn't really need fullbacks or wingbacks (been playing 3-4-3 for a bit) In other news.. Been keeping a spreadsheet of my youth prospects that are coming through the academy, and, I've managed to get one to change from a negative personality, to a more neutral one. Still got a bit of work to do with those at the front of the queue development wise though.
  12. Shankland is a good signing for the Championship.
  13. The first half of the season in the Premier League never was going to be easy, that part is a given. So, arriving into January, in 16th place, having just been beaten by Arsenal, I'd have taken. However, it was obvious that some strengthening needed to take place, even more so given that the announcement on Brexit had come through. I felt we were in need of better goalkeeping. Rossbach had been doing good work, but, had made mistakes in some games which had cost us dearly. The solution was found at Blackburn, who had been relegated back to the Championship after 1 season in the Premier League. David Raya, although being Spanish, counted as 'Home Grown', and was awaiting paperwork for British citizenship, and would cost slightly more than a continental player, however, this premium would be worth it for the 25 year old We also needed a bit of backup in the defensive areas, and again, with Brexit in mind, picked up Jack Whatmough from Portsmouth for £2.3m. The step up from League One would be big for him, but, he wouldn't be thrown into action straight away, and, with over 150 appearances for the South Coast club, hes very experienced for his young age. Also coming in, this time from Malmo FF in Sweden, 17 year old right back, Lucas Svanberg. Normally, I'd not pursue this, with the Brexit options coming in, but, hes broken into the Swedish U21 setup, and is rated better than my current right back, Costinha. Also beating off several other Premier League and La Liga clubs for him shows how good he will be. Moving further forward, 18 year old Brazilian Paulo Roberto was found playing in Gremio U20s, and, again, with several other clubs showing interest, I had to move quickly, based on a basic recommendation from my scouts. For a couple of million, the risk was worth it, and the dual national (he holds an Italian passport) joins to hopefully add a bit of bite to the midfield. The last signing coming in at the start of January, would be a big one. I said at the start of the save, that if a player came up who was far better than the current incumbent, then I'd make an effort to get him. This is where Thomas Buitink comes in. I'd been watching a few games with him in for a bit, and, his name had cropped up in a few analyst reports. As well as that, he was top scorer in the Eredivise, something which had brought the 20 year old to the attention of some of Europes elite. He put in a transfer request at the start of December, and, although he would command an 'uncomfortable' price, at £12.5m, a bid was made, personal terms were agreed, and he moves to NG2. Something which provides a massive upgrade to the attacking options, and allows a couple of the players currently in the squad to leave on loan. He also, as long as he performs, offers a massive resale potential. So, this is where we stand at the start of January, and, with the exception of a couple of youngsters, I expect this to be all the business we do for incoming transfers, unless, something special comes up.
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