Nottingham Forest signed Serge Aurier before the international break and yesterday he played some much-needed football.

The former Tottenham and Villarreal defender was named in the Ivory Coast starting eleven for their game against Guinea.

Forest added the experienced performer to their squad to take their total of summer signings to 23.

He has been a free agent since leaving Villarreal in the summer after helping them reach the semi-final of the Champions League last year.

Forest signed Aurier
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Aurier has bags of experience. He made 110 appearances for Tottenham and prior to that, he played 81 times in Ligue 1 for PSG.

Now he arrives at Forest and he will bring some vital Premier League experience to Steve Cooper’s squad.

Aurier is likely to start as a backup option. The Reds head coach seems to favour Neco Williams and he’s unlikely to be dropped any time soon.

In normal circumstances, managers must spend the whole international break wondering whether or not their players will return fit and well.

With Aurier, however, Cooper will have been welcomed by the news that he came through an hour yesterday unscathed.

That 60-minute spell might earn him a spot in the squad when Forest travel to Leicester on Monday, with match fitness his biggest concern.

Aurier has seen it all in the Premier League and he will be keen to hit the ground running when he gets to wear that Garibaldi.

Aurier gets football and it will be interesting to see what Forest role he plays

It does seem a pretty useful addition to the ranks to add someone like Aurier on a free transfer.

He was a respected member of Unai Emery’s squad last season and his experience looks like being very useful.

With Williams in good form, however, he might have to wait patiently for game time.

Forest signed Aurier
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The Reds will need a number of options available to them this season and the hope will be that Aurier can contribute.

Although Ivory Coast only played Guinea yesterday, the quality of the opposition wasn’t important for Aurier.

Forest can feel safe in the knowledge now that if the ex-Tottenham man is required, he should be fit and ready to go.

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