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Would this Premier League defender be the ideal fit for Nottingham Forest?

Nottingham Forest beat Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend to secure their first victory under new manager Aitor Karanka and the clubs first 3 points in the league since 9th December when they beat Bolton Wanderers.

The victory saw Nottingham Forest rise to 14th in the Championship table and now we are in the middle of a transfer window manager Aitor Karanka could look to add to his squad in an attempt to claw back the deficit of those teams who occupy the playoff spots.

Forest have conceded 43 goals in the Championship this season and that will be something Karanka will want to address quickly in order to help the team climb the table.

With that in mind, the club should turn to Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Toisin Adarbioyo – The young Manchester City defender has featured on a couple of occasions for Pep Guardiola’s side in this seasons Champions League and EFL Cup, but with the Premier League leaders looking set to complete the signing of Aymeric Laporte, Adarabioyo will be pushed further down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

If City do complete the signing of Laporte then it will restrict Adarbioyo amount of game time, as he will then be competing with other first-team regulars like John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany for a place in the first team, so it may be beneficial for him to look for a loan move away and with Forest having conceded a large number of goals he could be the perfect fit in the defence.

Nottingham Forest, would you like to see Tosin Adarabioyo at the City Ground? Let us know in the comments section…

Is this manager about to switch Championship clubs and take a former striker with him?

One of the most talked about managers in the Championship right now is Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom, one because of his success with the Yorkshire outfit but also as he is linked with the vacant Nottingham Forest job and has according to the Nottingham Post he has refused to rule himself out of the running also.

Barnsley are currently 19th in the Championship and are just two points above the drop zone following a run of just one win in five games, but following last seasons 14th place finish, many expect Heckingbottom to turn the clubs fortunes around if he remains with the Yorkshire outfit.

If he does make the move from Yorkshire to Nottingham, many expect former Barnsley striker Ashley Fletcher to join him at the City Ground after the striker has fallen out of favour at Middlesborough. Having worked under Heckingbottom during his time at Barnsley, Fletcher knows exactly how he works and could make the switch to try and re-find his goalscoring form.

Nottingham Forest fans would you like to see Paul Heckingbottom as your new manager and do you want him to bring Ashley Fletcher with him? Let us know in the comments section…

The Best Fans in the Championship

It is always going to be a long winded and hotly debated topic when any kind of ‘best fans’ argument is in place. Here we will be taking a look at what we think the best fans are in the Championship. There are some big clubs in the Championship, plenty of whom have all been in the Premier League in recent years. This list is in no particular order and not ranked in anyway. 

Leeds United

Leeds are a big club and Elland Road creates a sensational atmosphere when they get going.  Leeds have had a very good start to the season but the truth is, even when they were mid-table mediocrity, they still consistently had the highest numbers away from home selling out everywhere they go, including a massive 7,000 to Fulham away on a Tuesday night last season.

Sheffield Wednesday 

Hillsborough can always be an intimidating place to go and a great atmosphere. Despite their failed attempts to get to the Premier League and a disappointing  start to this campaign, they still take large numbers wherever they go. A big, former Premier League club themselves, they are a club like Leeds that the Premier League needs back.

Sheffield United

Wednesday’s bitter rivals Sheffield United have had a real time of it in recent years with year after year of disappointment at getting out of League One. Despite this the Blades have stayed loyal and faithful to their side and were rewarded with promotion finally last season. They haven’t had the best reputation so far this season in terms of causing trouble but they take consistent numbers away from home and get Bramall Lane.

Aston Villa 

After a very disappointing start to life in the Championships and generally a terrible last few seasons, the Villans really have a passion for the club and still travel in huge numbers and make a big noise going away and at their proud home at Villa park in the famous Holte End.

Wolves

On to Villa’s West Midland rivals. Over the years Wolves have taken big numbers away from home, even when they surfaced to League One. Whilst they aren’t the most consistent in terms of numbers their famous south bank at Mollineux with creates a fantastic noise for away fans to compete with.

I will take this opportunity to apologise to every other club in the league that unfortunately aren’t here! I will give a special mention to Derby, Forest, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Sunderland who could all arguably be on this list. Derby especially who get great numbers. 

Let us know in the comments below who would be in your top five! 

 

 

Why have Sheffield Wednesday turned their fortunes’ around?

Carlos had a dream is a chant sang week in week out by Sheffield Wednesday fans all over the country but the 2017-18 season started somewhat of a nightmare for the Owls picking up 7 points in August.

It is a well known fact the side from Hillsborough have forked out massive amounts of money on new players over the past year and a half bringing in the likes of Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall who they have since loaned to Derby County.

After an opening day defeat away at Preston the Owls then failed to win against QPR, Sunderland at home and away at Burton Albion.

There was a time that looked like Carvahal’s reign as manager was coming to an abrupt end after failing in the playoffs in the previous two seasons against Huddersfield Town losing on penalties where Jordan Rhodes refused to take one and in the final against Hull City in 2015-16 1-0.

With many Wednesdayites happy with the improvement in recent seasons failure when it matters the most has become a frustration for them and also not giving U23 star George Hirst a crack in the team after his sensational goal scoring run in the Premier Development 2 league winning side last season.

What has turned the fortunes around then?

With a win away at Fulham in late August thanks to a goal from Fletcher this is where fortunes changed and bringing the Scotsman back into the starting line-up has helped to as he netted in Saturdays convincing 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Tuesday night also saw the Owls gain a crucial victory over Brentford that was influenced by the impressive Barry Bannan who has stepped up his game dramatically of late and he has dictated games.

Saturday is another big test as the Owls go to Cardiff before going into the Steel city derby a week on Sunday .

 

 

Match Preview: Sunderland v Nottingham Forest

Sunderland welcome Nottingham Forest to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night in what is already being talked about as a must win fixture after three defeats on the bounce.

However, Simon Grayson has a team selection dilemma with Lamine Kone limping out of Saturdays defeat to Sheffield United he may miss the game but Aiden McGeady,Lee Cattermole and Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo could all be set to make a return.

Forest have been on a fine run so far, this campaign currently 12th in the table with 9 points after 6 games but they also come into the game of the back of a defeat after losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday in Saturdays tea time kick off.

This game also brings the return of a familiar face back to Wearside in Daryl Murphy but David Vaughan who all Black Cats fans remember for his 25-yard screamer in Paulo Di Canios second match in charge a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St James Park is out with a groin injury.

There could also be a change in goal for Forest as Stephen Henderson is set to return from a long -term Achilles injury.

Sunderland have won their last four games against Forest in all competitions however this is the sides first meeting since August 2008.

Sunderland captain John O’Shea has said “There are no hiding places and we have to bounce back as quickly as possible with Nottingham Forest at home on Tuesday night”.

A rallying call by the captain ahead of a crucial showdown .

Sunderland and Nottingham Forest fans what are your predictions ahead of the match? Let us know in the comment section…