Eyebrows were raised when Nottingham Forest targeted Steve Cook during the January transfer window.
Plenty felt that the Reds were back up their old tricks of targeting players looking for one last payday at the wrong end of their career.
Some of the comments regarding Cook were pretty ridiculous.
This is a player who has made 168 appearances in the Premier League and one who helped Bournemouth establish themselves as a Premier League club.
Cook had managed just three appearances this season. As a result, they allowed the 30-year-old to move to Forest on a free transfer.
The player has already silenced his critics. It’s also fair to say that he’s loving life at the City Ground.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, he admitted he loved that the club has adopted Depeche Mode’s classic I Just Can’t Get Enough as their anthem following a win.
He said: “I love it. I was really disappointed we didn’t win against Stoke because I love walking around with it playing afterwards.
“It’s really enjoyable. At the start of the game, walking out, I feel extremely proud wearing the shirt. Afterwards, when we’ve won, it’s spine-tingling.”
Cook has now made nine appearances for the Reds. He will be hoping Depeche Mode’s belter will be ringing around the City Ground after Saturday’s game with Bristol City.
Forest star Cook has made critics eat their words
Despite his City Ground career being in its infancy, Cook has already proven plenty of people wrong.
The experienced performer has been brilliant slotting between Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall, with his know-how proving a useful attribute.
It’s baffling that some fans turned their noses up at the signing of Cook.
Teams don’t win promotion from the Championship with a team full of kids and some experience to the spine of the team was necessary.
Cook has proved an injection of experience and on a free transfer, he’s already looking like a really shrewd piece of business by Forest.
For his critics that gives them a chance to chew on a big slice of humble pie.