Nottingham Forest completed the signing of American stopper Ethan Horvath yesterday. It wasn’t long ago that the new Reds recruit was being raved about by a Manchester City starlet.
The latest Forest addition shared the international goalkeeping dutied with Citizens goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
During a recent game in the CONCACAF Nations League Final, he came up trumps for his country and outed himself as a national hero.
He came on for the injured Steffen and saved a late penalty to stop Mexico from drawing level during a 3-2 win for the United States.
After that game, he explained to NBC Sports what the City talent said to him as he entered the pitch.
He said: “Zack and I have been on the national team since we’ve been 14. He just said everyone believes in me.”
Horvath has seven United States caps in total and Fores might have landed themselves a gem of a goalkeeper.
He arrives at the City Ground having left Club Brugge at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. Horvath has penned a three-year deal with Forest and will compete with Brice Samba and Jordan Smith.
Horvath to Forest: Reds might have found a gem
The uncompromising goalkeeper looks like a useful addition to the Reds ranks. He made a Champions League appearance last season and was back up to ex-Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet.
It remains to be seen whether or not Horvath will be the number one stopper, or whether Chris Hughton has designs on replacing Samba in the Forest goal.
Receiving high praise from a Manchester City star is certainly a positive sign and he’s very highly rated by the coaching staff in the America set-up.
The proof will be in the performances but Forest might have landed themselves a really good first piece of business this summer.