Leo Bonatini can expect to be handed his Nottingham Forest debut when the Reds face Birmingham.

The Brazilian’s arrival on Trentside was announced on the club’s official website amid the scramble for fresh faces on transfer deadline day.

“I came here to help all of my teammates and I am really excited to start playing,” he said.

“It is a very good league. There are big teams and big players playing here so I hope I can help my teammates.

“They are doing well and I am here to be one more, to help them to improve and I want to start as soon as possible.”

He should not have to wait long for that opportunity.

Forest are due at St Andrew’s this weekend in a fixture which could see a number of bows dished out.


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Bonatini is likely to figure prominently in Martin O’Neill’s plans.

He has been acquired to add another dimension to an attacking unit which has been firing too many blanks.

Whether he plays alongside Lewis Grabban/Daryl Murphy or instead of them remains to be seen.

It could be that he is eased into the fold off the bench.

Whatever his involvement, the sporting stars may have aligned in Forest’s favour.

As football fate would have it, Bonatini is heading back to the scene of his last league goal.

The 24-year-old has one effort to his name for Wolves this season, but that came in a Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

To find his last strike with points on the line, you have to turn the clock back to December 4, 2017.

And a trip to Birmingham.



Bonataini netted the only goal of the game that day as Wolves endured a derby triumph over West Midlands rivals.

A repeat of that match-winning contribution would be most welcome this weekend.

He could clearly do with a goal, with his situation mirroring that of new team-mate Grabban.

Bonatini found the target 12 times in the Championship last season, with all of those efforts recorded by early December.

This term, Grabban managed 15 across all competitions before hitting an unfortunate festive drought.

He could do with rediscovering his touch when the Reds lock horns with the Blues, and a flying start for Bonatini would aid everyone’s cause.

With fond memories of his last visit to St Andrew’s, here’s hoping that history has repeated itself come 5pm on Saturday.

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