Former goalkeeper Mark Crossley has exclusively told Nottingham Forest News that he was impressed with Brice Samba during the 2019/20 campaign.

The Congolese stopper signed for the Reds for £1.8 million from Caen last summer and his arrival was met with a degree of intrigue.

Forest had a plethora of goalkeepers within their ranks, including the highly-rated loan signing of Arijanet Muric from Manchester City.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley

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Samba, however, dispossessed him in a matter of weeks, quickly establishing himself as the club’s number one.

The 26-year-old kept 16 clean sheets from his 43 appearances between the posts and Crossley has been impressed.

He told Nottingham Forest News: “I really like him.

“He’s perhaps a bit too laid back at times but last season I liked him a lot and he’ll come on this season too.

“I think he’s probably the sort of character who needs to be kept on top of in training, just because of how laid back he is.

“But, yes, I’ve been very impressed with him.”


Samba did come in for some criticism from supporters following the restart of the 2019/20 campaign.

The uncompromising stopper perhaps wasn’t as convincing when it came to commanding his area as he had been when he first burst onto the scene.

At 26 though there is plenty of time for Samba to improve and he will remain the club’s number one this season.

Cult hero

It became apparent towards the end of last season that Samba was carrying an injury and hopefully that is now behind him.

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Crossley played nearly 400 times for the Reds and he knows all about keeping goal for the club.

He famously saved a penalty in the FA Cup Final of 1991 from Tottenham striker Gary Lineker and was a firm fan favourite at the City Ground.

Forest will kick-off their Championship campaign at QPR on Saturday and Samba will hope to tick off his first clean sheet of the season.

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