Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Richie Laryea late last night. The Reds were awaiting a decision on a work permit for the Canadian and now Toronto FC supporters have been reacting on Twitter.
Laryea looks like an exciting addition. He was offered a huge salary to stay with the Canada-based MLS outfit but instead, he’s chased his dream of playing in Europe.
The versatile defender joins for an undisclosed fee; thought to be in the region of £750,000. He isn’t available to play against Arsenal today but could be in contention for next weekend’s trip to Millwall.
Laryea had been with Toronto for three years. He checked in from Orlando City and made 83 appearances for the club. The speedster also scored nine goals and claimed 12 assists.
The 27-year-old joins Forest at a good time. Djed Spence has been impressive on the right-hand side but left-back Max Lowe is still injured.
As a result, Forest will welcome Laryea and his ability to play in either full-back position looks ideal. He is quick, strong and loves to take players on which should delight the fan base.
What have Toronto fans said about Laryea joining Forest?
It’s fair to say that they’re over the moon for the defender. There has been little animosity towards him leaving and the vast majority have wished him all the very best.
Forest fans are happy too. They believe this could prove to be a shrewd investment by Dane Murphy, with Laryea approaching the peak of his powers.
Of course, Laryea has to prove himself once again. He does look tailor-made to be a strong addition to Cooper’s team, especially if the boss utilises his 3-4-3 strategy.
Toronto fans think Forest have got themselves a strong signing and here is what they’ve had to say on Twitter.