A report by The Mirror (Live Blog; 14/09; 20:29) has surprisingly claimed that Nottingham Forest stopper Brice Samba is set to lose his place as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
The 26-year-old was firmly established as the club’s custodian during 2019/20, seeing off competition from on-loan Manchester City ace Aro Muric.
Yesterday, the Reds signed Senegal international Abdoulaye Diallo, however, and a snippet from James Nursey suggests Samba could be the fall guy.
There are perhaps some cracks in the report though and would surely be deemed as a surprise to see Samba dropped from the side.
Nursey claims the Congolese ace was ‘omitted’ from the team for the last two games of last season.
What he fails to mention, however, is that Samba picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw with Swansea, which subsequently saw Forest unwilling to take a risk on their goalkeeper.
The man signed from Caen was named in the PFA Team of the Year last week for his efforts during 2019/20.
His form after the restart wasn’t his level best, but he certainly wasn’t the only player guilty of turning in the odd below-par performance during the final nine games.
Diallo has only penned a one-year deal with the club holding an option to extend that to another 12 months if they wish to do so.
Had the 28-year-old been added as an immediate starter, would Forest have not opted to give him a more lucrative deal?
It would seem as though Senegal’s number one has simply been added to add more competition to the Forest goalkeeping department.
Jordan Smith is the other goalkeeper in the Reds ranks and it would seem the club were keen to add another senior stopper.
Given this report, it will cause some intrigue among the supporters but Samba shouldn’t be dropped.
Last season he was largely impressive between the posts for Forest.
Hopefully, Diallo’s role can be to apply more significant pressure than Smith in competition to the Congolese performer.