Nottingham Forest newcomer Steve Cook has received a message from Aston Villa star Tyrone Mings. The 30-year-old checked in on Trentside earlier this week after a 10-year association with Bournemouth.
Forest had been keen to bolster their defensive ranks. Head coach, Steve Cooper, made no secret of his desire to sign a new central defender. Cook was quickly to the ranks amid interest from QPR and Newcastle.
The intelligent central defender has joined the Reds on a free transfer. He made 387 appearances for the Cherries, with over 150 of them coming in the Premier League.
Mings spent time playing alongside Cook for the Cherries. Since leaving the club, his career has rocketed. He’s helped Aston Villa stabilise as a Premier League club and was also part of England’s squad at Euro 2020.
Cook will be eligible to play when Arsenal arrive at the City Ground in the FA Cup this weekend. He is expected to slot in the middle of Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall in a three-man defence.
Forest aren’t blessed with options at centre-back. Tobias Figueiredo is also at the club but he’s struggled for consistency and will be out of contract in the summer.
Loic Mbe Soh and Rodrigo Ely have struggled with injuries this season. Those don’t appear to be easing up and Cooper moved quickly to sign Cook.
What has Mings said to new Forest signing Cook?
Forest recently signed Mings’ Villa teammate Keinan Davis. As a result, the Reds now have two former teammates of Mings in their ranks and he’s offered Cook some advice.
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The centre-back has told the new Forest man to ensure he treats the 23-year-old well. Davis and Cook are the only new City Ground additions at this stage and both could play against Arsenal.
Cook is a player who will have a big influence in the dressing room. With that in mind, Mings should be left in no doubt that the two Forest new boys will get along just fine.