Gustavo Scarpa wasted no time in watching his Nottingham Forest teammates in action. He was spotted at the Loughborough University Stadium on Friday night as an experimental Reds side lost 2-1 to Stoke City.
The Reds played two different elevens during the contest. It was a decent run out for Forest against a team who are further along in their preparations for domestic football to make a return.
Now, the Forest team will head to Athens. There they will face more friendlies against Olympiacos and Aris, before heading to Valencia to face the La Liga outfit before returning to Premier League action against Manchester United.
Scarpa will join up with his teammates in Greece. It’s expected that a formal announcement will be imminent with the finer details being confirmed regarding his free transfer from Brazilian champions Palmeiras.
The 28-year-old was a man on a mission last season. He scored 13 goals and claimed 15 assists as Palmeiras claimed the league title in Scarpa’s final campaign with the club.
It was a bit of a surprise to see Scarpa braving the cold at Loughborough. He was in the stands, mixing it with the club’s supporters as Forest tasted defeat during the mid-season friendly clash.
Scarpa spotted watching Forest friendly
It’s early days and Scarpa hasn’t officially been unveiled yet. However, it looks as though the Reds have found themselves a bit of a cult hero in Scarpa who is getting used to life in Nottingham.
Yesterday, he was snapped in the city centre. With the Christmas markets in full swing, Scarpa was found skateboarding around the marketplace and getting accustomed to life in Nottingham.
The talented left-footer looks like a useful signing. He’s got some blending in to do, of course, but this mid-season break could make it the perfect time for him to be singing for the club.
Scarpa will obviously be judged by what he does on the field. Still, it’s good to see an overseas player embracing life in Nottingham and getting used to the culture of the city centre and his new club.