Nottingham Forest spent the summer busy bolstering their squad with 12 new players added to the ranks during the transfer window.

The Reds now possess a new-look team and boss Sabri Lamouchi has enjoyed a pretty decent start to life in English football with his team sat in eighth-place.

Whilst several players did pen terms to sign for Forest, there were several others among the club’s list of potential targets who couldn’t be secured.

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One of those very nearly made a big name for himself in the Europa League last night in Arsenal’s game against Portuguese outfit Vitoria.

Ex-Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards was linked with a move to Forest during the summer, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

The 20-year-old has struggled for game time at Vitoria since his summer switch and looks to have been signed as one for the future.

He did very nearly pull one over on Tottenham’s fierce London rivals Arsenal last night, however. Edwards fired the Europa League minnows into a half-time lead at the Emirates Stadium.


It was his first goal in four games for his new club and had they held on for a famous win it would have surely caused quite a stir in North London.

Arsenal came back to win 3-2 thanks to two brilliant free-kicks by Nicolas Pepe, but Edwards highlighted during his 70-minute spell on the pitch exactly what he is all about.

The tricky right-winger was dazzling during the first half and was a constant menace to Kieran Tierney. He took his goal with aplomb and Arsenal will have welcomed his substitution with 20 minutes of the game remaining.

High praise

Edwards left Spurs after just one first-team appearance but did earn high praise from Mauricio Pochettino previously.

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The Argentine boss called the trickster ‘mini-Messi’ back in 2016, following his one and only Spurs performance against Gillingham in the League Cup (The Mirror).

With Forest among the Championships lowest-ranked teams in terms of chances created this season, perhaps Edwards might have done a job for the Reds.

At 20-years-old he would have fit nicely into the ethos of a young squad at the City Ground and it will be interesting to see whether Forest rue their decision to look elsewhere.

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Forest are blessed with plenty of options out wide in truth. Albert Adomah and Sammy Ameobi arrived on free transfers; with Joe Lolley one of Forest’s main attacking threats from out wide.

It will take more than one goal in the Europa League to make Forest supporters think they missed a trick in not signing Edwards. An air of intrigue will probably be thrown towards his progress following his goal last night, however.

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