Date: 1st August 2019 at 1:51pm
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The summer transfer window in 2018 was an interesting one for Nottingham Forest.

Their owner Evangelos Marinakis invested heavily, and the Reds signed a number of seemingly promising young Portuguese talents.

The arrivals of the Diogo Goncalves, Gil Dias and Joao Carvalho had fans licking their lips at the prospect of making their long-awaited return to the Premier League.

These players came in with a lot of promise. Dias scored an incredible goal against Malaga in pre-season, Goncalves was rated so highly that he had a £39m release clause and Carvalho was a club-record signing.

Unfortunately for Forest, many of these signings didn’t really work out, as Dias and Goncalves rarely appeared while Carvalho was a moderate success as he contributed to 12 goals.

These arrivals were a sign of intent from Forest, but they were just wide of the mark last season.

Once again this summer the East Midlands club have been very active in the transfer window, but it seems as if they’re ready to fall into the same traps.

They’ve once again looked towards Portugal for a number of signings, bringing in Tiago Silva, Yuri Ribeiro and Alfa Semedo.

These arrivals are further signs of Forest’s intent as they are once again bringing in players from top sides such as Benfica, but it seems that this transfer policy could easily backfire.

Semedo played just 97 league minutes for Benfica last term and only a further 42 minutes in La Liga during his loan spell at Espanyol.

It’s a similar story for Ribeiro as he failed to make a league appearance but played in a handful of cup games.

It’s the same story as last season, these unknown quantities that have been brought in from top sides, but their lack of experience could see them struggle in their new surroundings in the same way Dias and Goncalves did last season when they were brought in from Monaco and Benfica.


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