Former England international Fara Williams has backed Chris Wood to be a success at Nottingham Forest. The former Lionesses star was discussing the fortunes of the Reds – and the signing of Wood – on Football Focus at the weekend.
Wood was a surprise inclusion in Forest’s team at the weekend. He started the contest at Bournemouth as the Reds claimed a spirited point, with Sam Surridge scoring the equalising goal seven minutes from time.
The 31-year-old checked in on an initial loan spell from Newcastle. Forest are likely to sign the player permanently at the end of his spell and the hope will be that he will score some goals.
Williams believes that Forest have made a decent signing in the January transfer window. She’s also lauded the work being done by Steve Cooper at the City Ground following a sticky start to the campaign.
Williams told Football Focus: “I think Chris Wood is a fantastic signing. I said at the beginning of the season that Steve Cooper would be the sort of manager that would be able to turn around a team with that many new signings. It’s taken a while but we starting to see a team emerge. I think they probably needed that focal point and for me, Wood is a good signing.”
Wood backed by Williams to be a success at Forest
Some of the stuff that has been written on social media about Wood after Saturday is ridiculous. The Reds striker was always going to find it tricky having not trained with the players before starting against Bournemouth.
Wood is an experienced Premier League player and one who has scored 54 goals in the top flight. Furthermore, he was playing regularly for Newcastle this season, featuring in all but one of the team’s games.
At 31, perhaps Wood isn’t the sort of stereotypical signing that Steve Cooper would make. The Forest head coach typically takes younger players but this signing does make sense.
Forest needed an option and more importantly a focal point adding to their squad. The Reds now have one and the Reds fan base needs to get behind Wood.