Nottingham Forest signed Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid last month and La Liga expert Terry Gibson has admitted that he is ‘baffled’.

Some of Forest’s signings this summer – and there were many of them – will have felt like pipe dreams not long ago.

Signing Jesse Lingard? Crazy talk a year ago.

Striking a deal worth more than £40million for Morgan Gibbs-White? Nonsense if you had been told that in 2021.

Yet of all the deals that raised eyebrows, Renan Lodi may be the one that feels craziest.

Nottingham Forest signed Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid

Forest had already signed two left wing backs earlier in the summer as Omar Richards and Harry Toffolo joined Steve Cooper’s revolution.

Yet when Richards suffered a hairline fracture, Forest had to dip into the market again and pulled off a stunning move.

Lodi arrived late in August and was at the City Ground to watch Forest lose to Tottenham Hotspur.

Forest paid a £4.7million loan fee for Lodi whilst having a £25million option to buy the Brazilian next summer.

Lodi, 24, only started 13 league games last season and seemingly felt that it just wasn’t enough for him ahead of the World Cup.

Lodi has gambled on playing plenty of first-team action at Forest, taking the drop from a Champions League club and recent La Liga winner.

Manchester City and Newcastle United were linked with Lodi earlier in the window but it’s Forest who pulled off a hugely impressive deal.

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La Liga expert Terry Gibson has now had his say on Lodi, telling La Liga Weekly that he is ‘baffled’ by the decision to trade Atletico for Forest.

Gibson felt that Lodi was playing enough anyway and only had to get into the team ahead of two midfielders playing out of position.

Gibson added that Lodi looked ‘bewildered’ when watching Forest against Tottenham and questioned Cooper’s decision to throw him straight in against Manchester City last week.

“I saw footage of him on Sunday watching his first game from the stands, he looked bewildered! And on the Wednesday, he’s thrown in against Man City away! He won’t have even known the names of half the players he’s playing with in the game,” said Gibson. “I have said in the past, and I still stand by it; players can come straight into a team at 24 or 48 hours’ notice. But it’s different if you’re coming from a different league and you don’t know the players.

“I’m baffled. I’m assuming there’s more money involved for him. I think he got enough playing time. He said he was worried about his World Cup place, but I thought he was getting enough playing time at Atletico. His competition was Saul and Carrasco; two midfielders who play in the left wing-back role. He is a natural left-back. So I was surprised at that one,” he added.

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