Getting to know YOUR Premier League club before the start of the season - Nottingham Forest

Published on 9 August 2023 at 17:30

Nathan Hartley


Nottingham Forest took a gamble last season, signing an abundance of players to the City Ground stadium. However, they managed to secure Premier League safety after beating Arsenal on the penultimate game of the season, meaning another year of Premier League football.


Nottingham Forest will spend their second consecutive year in the Premier League this season (Image Credit: Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Who's in charge?


Forest will head into their 2023/24 Premier League campaign with Steve Cooper still in charge at the City Ground. There was lots of pressure on Cooper last season with the team floating around the relegation zone throughout the entirety of the season.


However, despite this, the owners still had full faith in Cooper, which earnt the club Premier League survival after a great 1-0 win at home against Arsenal. It would have been a disaster if Forest went straight back down with them spending an excessive amount of money on multiple players.


Despite the money invested, Forest stayed up, which is all that mattered to the club as they did not want to do what Fulham did - going up to the Premier League, spending lots of money and then going straight back down.


In's and Out's



Anthony Elanga - Manchester United, £15m

Chris Wood - Newcastle, £15m

Ola Aina - Torino, free

Matt Turner - Arsenal, undisclosed


Sam Surridge - Nashville, £5m

Jack Colback - QPR, free

Cafú - Rotherham, free

Jordan Smith - Stockport, free


Nottingham Forest's standout player


Forest will most certainly need a standout player if they have any hopes of remaining in the Premier League for a third year on the bounce. They have signed lots of players, spending lots of money - especially last season.


For their standout player, I am going to go with Anthony Elanga. The Swedish International joined Forest this summer from Manchester United for £15m. He will be in an attack with plenty of talent with the likes of Brennan Johnson and Morgan Gibbs-White.


I think Elanga will have a point to prove after losing out on his place in the starting eleven for Manchester United. Therefore, it is going to be a massive season for Elanga to prove to everyone what he is capable of in not such a good side compared to Manchester United. Will he be able to help the Forest team with plenty of goals and assists?


Will it be a successful or unsuccessful season for Nottingham Forest?


Forest did do a great job of staying up in the Premier League last season. However, I still think that they will be in the relegation fight this year. I don't think Cooper will still be the Nottingham Forest manager by the end of the season.


Despite this, I think they will scrape survival by the skin of their teeth after a new manager bounce midway through the season, replacing Cooper. I think that Forest will edge out Wolves, Sheffield United and Luton Town to stay in the Premier League for a third consecutive season.


Despite staying up, I am still going to say that this will be an unsuccessful season for Forest as the fans will want to see progress from last season.

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