Gary Neville has defended Nottingham Forest following a summer spending spree. The Sky Sports pundit was quizzed on their transfer activity during this week’s fan debate on The Overlap Live.

Forest have added 11 new players to their squad. Brandon Aguilera has also checked in, although he’s gone straight out on loan to the Costa Rican top-flight.

The Reds aren’t finished there either. More players are being linked on a daily basis and Forest will add more new additions before the window closes.

Naturally, some pundits have taken the lazy approach that Forest are copying Fulham. The Cottagers added several new players during 2020/21 and were relegated with a whimper.

Forest defended by Neville
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Neville has defended Forest though. He believes that their strategy has been down to a case of needs must, rather than a decision to stockpile players in a scattergun approach.

He told The Overlap Live: “Forest had to sign 11 players because their contribution last season in the Championship was £6 million. Fulham and Bournemouth each spent in excess of £40-45 million.

“If you’re a club that’s been embedded in the Championship for so long, you’re restricted to what you can do.

“When you come up you’ve got to overhaul your whole squad. Forest were left with no choice but to do that.”

Forest defended by Neville and he’s absolutely spot on

Hallelujah! Praise the lord! Finally, a pundit who gets that Forest have been backed into a corner with their recruitment strategy.

Forest had five players on loan last season. None of those have stayed at the club, whilst Lewis Grabban and Brice Samba have also departed.

Neville is right also to suggest that so long outside of the Premier League has forced Forest’s hand this summer.

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There are no guarantees that any of the players from last season will be adequate enough for the top-flight. As a result, some proven experience has been required.

The big challenge for Forest is to get all of these players singing from the same hymn sheet as quickly as possible.

It’s refreshing to see Neville defend the approach, however, and at least it highlights that some pundits are willing to do a bit of research.

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