The Project is also very much reality. Talk is cheap and we have all heard it before, but seeing is believing. Not only only the signings but the brutal axing of players too. Good, well respected pros have been told to say goodbye and prove how good they are elsewhere. The whole mindset is different and it’s something of a shock. Not only to the players but also the fans. There’s a confidence and determination about everything that the club are doing that reeks of the professionalism of the new regime. You are either for us or against us. You buy in 100% or you are out, no free rides at Forest any longer. It’s refreshing, it’s exciting and it’s something of a shock too. There’s a real buzz around the city. Fans are counting the days until they can seem the team play again and treasuring every glimpse of the new signings they are treated to.
I had suggested a ‘quality first’ transfer strategy was what Karanka needed to make a step forward but imagined this focus would result also in seeing quality above quantity but it appears there is no need to compromise on either front. A huge cull, sensible investments and a complete makeover. There’s every possibility we might see an entirely new team walk out for the first time in our shiny new Macron kits when the season resumes. Even the most critical supporter wouldn’t have gone as far as Karanka has gone with his surgery - a total team transplant!
The defence has been bolstered by the undoubted experience and leadership of Michael Dawson and the quality of Jack Robinson. The huge, imposing and calming Pantilimon behind them. The triple attacking threat of the three new Portuguese players to create chances for the proven goal machine and Costa lookalike Mr. Soudani. It already looks great and worrying for even the best of our existing players. It’s already going to be an achievement in itself to get thrown a shirt by the boss this season. There are still three more high quality arrivals mooted on top of these too. Forest fans are waking up each morning wondering if maybe the whole thing has been a dream. Maybe it’s not only Nicholas Randall QC who’s a cardboard cutout but also every signing. It’s all a cruel hoax and someone is making off with the record season ticket sales before anyone realises.
Whatever happens when the season starts it’s going to be a season to remember. However confident we are we should temper that with patience and treat this as a 2-3 year project. The league is hard to predict this year with established teams coming down and some big ones promoted. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic though and it’s still early days. If the boss is to be believed we still have a lot of targets on our shopping list. Whatever else we do we won’t be taking the league by surprise, the writing’s on the wall. It’s been a lone time coming but although they’ll never say it, this time we really are serious about promotion.