Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 by Bournemouth at the weekend and amid plenty of despair, Philip Zinckernagel earned rave reviews from the Reds fan base for his performance.

The Watford man is on loan at the City Ground for the 2021/22 campaign. He arrived at the Hornets in January and registered five assists as the club won promotion to the Premier League.

Zinckernagel has been deemed surplus at Vicarage Road, however. The Reds took him on loan prior to the campaign beginning and he’s already shown some promise.

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Zinckernagel in action for Forest; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images)

Forest are pointless after two games. Their last-gasp defeat to Coventry was followed up with the defeat to Scott Parker’s team at the weekend.


Chris Hughton has work to do. Fans are growing tired of the negativity, with the Reds keeping two holding midfielders on the pitch until the 82nd minute on Saturday; despite playing against 10 men for a lot of the second half.

In Zinckernagel, there is a least a reason to be cheerful. He looked really good on Wednesday, registering two assists as Forest beat Bradford and was impressive on Saturday too.

Forest fans rave about Zinckernagel

The 26-year-old is already proving a hit with the Forest supporters. Although dejection is clearly setting in on Trentside, fans can appreciate how much quality Zinckernagel looks to have.

He showcased plenty of creativity at the weekend and even set up Scott McKenna to fire Forest level early in the second half.

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Hughton signed Zinckernagel this summer; Photo; Robin Jones; AFC Bournemouth; AFC Bournemouth; Getty Images

The Hornets-owned star has two good feet and isn’t afraid to take players on when he gets the chance to do so.

With the games coming thick and fast, the hope will be that Zinckernagel can stay fit and become a mainstay in Hughton’s team during 2021/22.

Following Saturday’s loss, supporters took to Twitter to rave about Zinckernagel, with many citing him as the sole positive from a disappointing afternoon.

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