New Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi will deliver a “style of football fans are going to enjoy watching”, so says Carl Jenkinson.
That would certainly be a welcome change of pace!
When was the last time said brand of football can be considered to have been delivered?
There have been plenty of similar promises.
Few, though, have provided actions to back up the bold words.
Maybe Lamouchi will be different.
He is, after all, still finding his feet in English football with a new-look squad.
Summer signing Jenkinson has said in the Nottingham Post: “I think it’s going to be an appealing style of football and the style of football fans are going to enjoy watching.
“I think it’s just going to be an exciting style of football and a team that’s going to go out and try to play.
“There are certainly some teams in the Championship who don’t play that way, where it’s a case of play a long ball, hit the channels and go from there.
“Whereas I think the manager here wants to build from the back; he wants to play football.
“At the same time, I know we’re not going to be silly with that because the Championship is quite a ruthless league. But we’re going to try to play an attractive style of football.”
‘Try to’ may be the words to note there.
So far, it is difficult to argue that a new regime at the City Ground has taken things in a different direction.
Time, though, is still on their side.
Lamouchi wants to bring a swagger back to the Reds.
And that ambition should be applauded.
He is, however, still searching for the right formula, with three competitive outings to date delivering one win – over League One outfit Fleetwood – and only three goals.
Forest have hardly been Barcelona-esque, tiki-taking their way around opponents to leave supporters on the edge of their seats.
This is, though, a work in progress.
Patience remains the order of the day and a loyal fan base will (for the most part) bite their lip as creases are ironed out.
There will always be a vocal minority ready to shout their issues from the rooftops, but a deaf ear can be turned to detractors.
If Lamouchi has a grand plan, then he should be given time to piece it together.
The “attractive style of football” that Jenkinson speaks of is what we are all crying out for.
It hasn’t been seen for some time, with the Premier League seemingly as far away now as it has ever been, but the tide can be turned on Trentside and a top-flight standing returned in style.
Keep the faith.