Forest Splash the Cash with Aim of Promotion
Nottingham Forest appear to be making a huge push for promotion to the Premier League this summer as they continue to splash the cash. Their aim looks to be clear, follow the move made by Wolves last season, spend money and reach the league that everyone wants to be a part of. There is no doubt that the Championship is one of the toughest leagues in the world to get out of, and with Stoke, West Brom and Swansea added into the mix after their relegation from the Premier League, this year looks as though it is going to be incredibly tough.
Forest completed the signing of Lewis Grabban recently, for a reported fee of £6 million. He comes in after failing to make an impact on the Bournemouth team during his second spell with them. However, Grabban does have a proven record in the Championship thoughout his career, including last season. He had two successful loan spells last season at Sunderland and Aston Villa, where he scored a total of 20 goals, something Forest would love to see him replicate this season.
He isn't the first big money signing to come into the club, they have smashed their transfer record already this summer with the capture of Portuguese winger Joao Carvalho from Benfica for £13.2 million. At just 21, Carvalho is clearly one for the future, but he did feature in eight games for Benfica last season so will be expected to contribute from the off. With just under £20 million spent on two attack minded players in Carvalho and Grabban, you can expect Forest to utilise them at every opportunity in the hope of promotion this season.
Just like Wolves did last season, Forest has spent big money over the summer as they look to build a team capable of promotion to the Premier League. They have also done some of their shopping in Portugal, another tactic employed by Wolves. It worked for them, but can it work again for Forest?
Forest 10/1 to Win the Championship
Despite the money spent so far, Nottingham Forest are not favourites to win the Championship next season. That tag goes to Stoke right now who are priced up at 11/2, showing just how tough and competitive the league is and how much you have to spend to have a genuine chance of escaping. Forest are priced up at 10/1 to win the league, putting them behind West Brom, Middlesborough and Swansea, as well as Stoke in their eyes. All of those clubs mentioned are big clubs with ambitions of making the Premier League, and with competition like that it is impossible to see every club reaching the land they dream of this coming season.