Nottingham Forest today completed the signing of Swedish defender Alexander Milosevic, according to the club’s official website.
The Reds bolstered their squad by adding the 27-year-old on an 18-month contract.
Milosevic is allowed to pen terms with the Reds outside the transfer window on the basis that he is a free agent.
Forest boss Martin O’Neill has seen his defensive ranks decimated with injuries and the Northern Irishman is currently without Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Hefele.
Milosevic is no stranger to jet setting around Europe having played in Germany, Turkey and his native Sweden.
Following the Reds’ latest arrival Seat Pitch set about finding out more about the latest new recruit.
Earlier today we caught up with Jonathan Fadugba, football consultant and co-founder of the Nordic Football Pod, and in a telephone interview; he gave us the lowdown on the new signing.
Seat Pitch: So tell us about Alexander Milosevic, why is he without a club?
Jonathan Fadugba: Well, his contract at AIK expired and he chose not to renew it, amid interest from several clubs over the last few months including Genoa in Serie A, Strasbourg in Ligue 1 and others.
SP: How did last season go for the defender?
JF: It could hardly have gone better. Milosevic was a key part of an AIK team that won the club’s first league title in a decade. His performances at the heart of defence helped AIK register the best defensive record in the league by a mile, conceding just 16 goals in 30 games. They only lost once game all season. He was also named in our Nordic Football Podcast Allsvenskan team of the season as well as the Swedish official team of the year.
SP: What sort of player is Milosevic?
JF: He is a hard man defender. Physical and not afraid to get stuck in and make challenges. What you might call an old fashioned central defender.
SP: The championship is a physically demanding league, is Milosevic up to it?
JF: Yes. He’s similar to Pontus Jansson at Leeds in terms of mentality and ability to cope physically, so I wouldn’t expect any troubles dealing with the physical side of the Championship. If anything he’ll enjoy it.
SP: What can Forest fans expect from Milosevic?
JF: Don’t expect a Victor Lindelof type of defender who can split defences open with his passing and charge forward from the back. Milosevic is more of a rugged defender who will win headers and put his body on the line to make tackles and blocks. He’s a determined character – there is a fairly renowned picture of him after receiving a blow to the face in a game, mouth bloody and with a slightly deranged expression on his face reminiscent of Terry Butcher for England. That sort of sums up what he’s about.
SP: Finally, do you think, hand on heart, Milosevic will prove a good signing for Forest.
JF: Forest don’t have the best of records in the transfer market in recent years so it will be interesting to see how he adapts under big expectations there. But I think picking up Milosevic on a free is a great piece of business really, there aren’t many better on the market available for nothing. Allsvenskan to Championship isn’t too big a jump either so I think he can do well, and he has the right mentality, age and ability to do well for you Forest fans.