Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has admitted that he’s got a bit headache ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Coventry. Brice Samba returned to the team at Blackpool on Saturday and now he must decide whether to recall Ethan Horvath.
The American goalkeeper only returned to the club on Friday. He was part of the USA squad that qualified for the World Cup during the international break and as a result, he was ruled out of the Bloomfield Road contest.
Now, Cooper has a decision to make ahead of another big Championship clash. He must decide whether to let Samba keep the gloves or whether to hand them back to Horvath following some decent form of late.
It’s a decision that won’t be taken lightly. It would also seem as though it’s one that Cooper is happy to have two players in a key position performing well at the moment.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s an interesting situation now, I won’t dodge that one. I think you’ve just got to take Saturday into isolation.
“For me, it was right for the team that Brice played.
“He’s had two weeks training with us, he’s been excellent. We know how good he is anyway and he was ready to play. It was just a clear decision and one that Ethan fully accepted.
“It 100 per cent gives me a decision to make. But, it’s a good decision and a good situation.”
Forest should stick with Samba for now
Nothing against Horvath but his one deficiency is probably one of the main attributes of Cooper’s strategy. The head coach loves his teams to play out from the back and ultimately that is one of the American’s big weaknesses.
As a result, Samba should retain his place on Wednesday night. Cooper is big on players keeping their places if they do well and the Congolese stopper didn’t do a deal wrong at Blackpool on Saturday.
The 27-year-old can count himself unlucky to lose his place. He was foolish to get himself sent off against Stoke but he is the better of the club’s two goalkeepers.
Cooper might feel somewhat bad about dropping Horvath but Samba has been the Forest number one for some time now and things should stay that way.